Canva is on a mission to heal the planet so local communities and farmers can farm more sustainably.
By planting and protecting trees, we’re improving water retention, biodiversity and habitat protection while creating opportunities in agriculture and agroforestry.
We’re planting native species to restore essential, threatened ecosystems.
To foster plant diversity, we’ve planted over 205 different native tree species from Ficus to Balete trees to the Afzelia Quanzensis.
One Print, One Tree plants also protect endangered species by saving their habitats.
This is the focal point of our tree planting site in the Philippines, which is supporting local communities to find habitats for endangered species such as the Philippine Eagle and Philippine Crocodile.
We’ve partnered with the Philippine Eagle Foundation to protect the endangered Philippines Eagle. We’re committed to ensuring its survival, the biodiversity it represents, and the sustainable use of our forest resources for future generations to enjoy.
The Philippine Eagle — the national bird of the Philippines — is one of the rarest eagles in the world. It is a giant bird of prey that’s listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with an estimated number of only 400 pairs left in the wild. The Eagles are threatened daily by human activities — the forest is their only home.
Unfortunately, illegal logging and irresponsible use of resources have resulted in the disappearance of their forest habitat, with at least one Philippine eagle being killed every year. As more of our forest is lost, Philippine Eagles go farther from their usual hunting grounds in search of prey to hunt. This rare and majestic bird species can be found nowhere else but in the Philippines. Losing the species to extinction would also mean that the world is losing a precious biological heritage.
Our planting partners in the Betsiboka River are focusing on restoring its precious mangrove forests. The estuaries of the Betsiboka were once surrounded by mangrove forests that held a variety of habitats for unique plant and animal species. For centuries, local Malagasy people have relied on the fish and shellfish living in these ecosystems for sustainable food sources. The mangroves’ deep root systems are also vital for stabilizing the coastline and reducing erosion.
Located in the district of Boane, the Mahubo site has an area of approximately 82km. The local village is made up of over 100K people, most of whom rely on agriculture for subsistence. The area has seen a massive loss of its mangrove forests due to the overharvesting of charcoal and timber. Canva will be restoring an area of approximately 20 hectares by planting over 200,000 mangroves, specifically the native species of Rizhopora, Ceriops, and Bruguiera.
North of Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, the village of Kijabe stands on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. It is known for its dry steep terrain and Afromontane forests. This unique forest in Kenya is home to many pastoral communities that rely on the local ecosystem to sustain themselves and the economy. Due to deforestation events related primarily to charcoal harvesting, the land is highly degraded. Our restoration partners will utilize multiple methods of reforestation, including farmer-managed natural regeneration (FMNR) to help restore the area.
Over-harvesting activities for firewood and construction material have decimated mangrove forests along the coastlines of Haiti. Pollution, sea-level rise, and hurricanes also play a part in threatening the health of mangrove ecosystems by blocking or disrupting the tidal flow. Reforesting the southern coastline is crucial not only for the ecosystem but for the health and safety of local communities. Planting mangroves will help protect the local people from the destructive forces of hurricanes that too often hit Haiti.
At the beginning of the last century, 70% of the Philippines was forested, but this has rapidly declined to a low of about 18.3%. This is largely due to deforestation along with land degradation and has had devastating consequences on biodiversity. With over 304,000 acres of forest cover destroyed in the Philippines each year, the remaining forests could be gone by the year 2036.
With more than 20,000 endemic species, the Philippines is recognized as one of 17 nations that, together, hold two-thirds of the earth’s biological diversity.
With this in mind and the Philippines being such an important part of the Canva family (our largest offshore team is based in Manila), we’re driven to action. Through this program, the Canva Community can make a difference across the world and in our own backyard.
Chief of Antanamarina, Madagascar
No, we are not physically planting trees ourselves. We have partnered with Reduce. Reuse. Grow. Inc. (RRG), a Sustainability-as-a-Service business that operates programs to help offset impacts from print, consumer packaged goods, and technology industries.
RRG will manage the tree planting process on our behalf. By working in these countries, not only will Canva be contributing to the fight against climate change by planting carbon-sequestering forests and mangroves, but we’ll also be delivering ecological and social benefits to the local populations.
Our partners in these restoration efforts employ local villagers in these planting and forestry protection activities, creating an economic boost.
RRG will manage the tree planting process on our behalf and select the most appropriate locations to plant, all over the world. We will expand on these planting locations each year.
These sites were chosen because they allow us to maximize the environmental benefit we deliver while also driving positive impacts to the residents of the regions in which we plant.
It is essential to be committed to and work alongside local villages and communities to achieve a successful and longstanding reforestation effort. Our partners utilize an “Employ to Plant” methodology to benefit the members in the local communities in which your order benefits. Through steady employment, impoverished villagers can begin to afford daily necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, medicine, and ultimately realize the benefits of having a healthy forest to sustain their community.
As our program continues to grow, together with RRG we will be introducing new restoration sites around the world.
RRG will ensure the planting of native trees that are appropriate for the site. Our partners will never plant or introduce any invasive species. At times, sites will include the planting of a percentage of agroforestry species for sustainable community use.
This is dependent on the region in which we are planting. The answer is either commercial nurseries or direct seed collection. For this first year, most of our seeds will be collected by the local villagers from nearby remnant forests. If required to supplement the collected seeds, seeds are purchased from local, trusted seed banks. All of Canva’s seedlings are grown at restoration partner-specific, local nurseries to ensure quality and germination rates.
The majority of Canva’s print order-generated projects are on government land that is under the direct authority of the local community. Some of our smaller-scale agroforestry projects in Haiti are on private land owned by farmers.
The trees are owned by the local communities who actively participated in the restoration of their regional forest. One exception is when agroforestry trees are planted on land owned by local farmers. In such cases, the farmers own the trees along with the proceeds from the trees.
RRG has a network of restoration partners who will work with people from the local community to recruit planting teams. It is our goal to plant trees as well as alleviate extreme poverty. Work will be given to people living below the poverty line in those communities in order to create a reliable source of income for them and their families.
The various planting methods we use include singling or farmer-managed natural regeneration, seed balls, seedling nursery, bare-root transfers, and mangrove propagule planting.
As soon as possible. Sometimes it will be as soon as three months until your tree is in the ground. This depends on the country your tree is allocated to and the seasonality for planting.
We make every effort to ensure the forest we plant becomes permanent and sustainable.
Towards this end, our restoration partners work carefully with all levels of government to secure written agreements designating the restoration sites as protected in perpetuity and we do not plant in logging areas. Their teams hire local villagers to plant the trees so that there is an economic incentive to ensure the wellbeing of the restoration project, and they also supply local villagers with alternative fuel sources (fuel-efficient dry wood stoves and solar parabolic stoves) which reduces and/or eliminates their dependence on charcoal. Finally, they hire forest guards as part of the labor force. In fact, one of our planting partners, Eden Restoration, has recently created a Forest Guard Endowment Fund whereby one cent of the price of each tree is put into a fund for long-term guarding and protection of the reforestation sites.
A percentage of seedling and propagule mortality is inevitable. What RRG has discovered is mortality becomes irrelevant as natural regeneration begins to occur and begins to multiply impact. At mangrove sites, natural regeneration typically exceeds 200% of the original number planted. The same is true of the dry deciduous sites in Madagascar.
As of 1 August 2022, we’ve planted 2.4 million trees. This number is constantly evolving as we commit to planting more trees.
No. We source paper from sustainable sources, separate from our reforestation projects.