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December 14, 2020
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Sagar Aryal

Plant-for-the-Planet – Transparency for Global Reforestation!

When we first released trilliontreecampaign.org we were focused on providing a platform for users to keep track of trees planted around the world. Our mission was simple. We wanted to plant a Trillion Trees and at the same time make it easy to count trees around the world.

To achieve this goal, we would need around 10,000 high-quality restoration programs. With the Plant-for-the-Planet App, users from all over the world joined together to register trees or make donations to plant trees in different parts of the world.

Increasing the number of projects comes with a challenge of how Plant-for-the-Planet as a platform can ensure transparency on how trees you donate will be planted. We are thus continuously working on our verification, monitoring and reporting processes. The goal: offering reforestation projects tools that are free and simple to use, yet effective and transparent for all users. 

Earlier this year, we asked you questions about your usage of the App and how we can make it better. Today, we’re very happy to have implemented a lot of your feedback, and the redesigned webapp is the beginning of the next era of easy, fun and transparent tree planting.

Check out some of our new features:

  1. Explore like never before

We’ve brought the basic details on where current forest exists, the restoration potential, and the deforestation around the world to the App, one click away, always visible on the main page.

  1. Democratizing Reforestation Data

One of the main challenges of reforestation campaigns is to collect and communicate planting locations in rural places. Lack of accurate geolocation data often creates problems with verification and monitoring. To solve this problem our app works together with our upcoming Tree Mapper app that allows seamless data collection at the reforestation site.

Starting early 2021, data collected by Tree Mapper will be available to all users, in an understandable format, eg: side by side imagery of the forest, or vegetation change over time.

While you wait for Tree Mapper Integration, you can already find additional details like project sites, site ownership and impact and expenditure reports, that allows you to make informed decisions to choose which reforestation project you want to support.

  1. One account for Trees

With the integration of Single Sign On, you can now login with Google, Facebook or Apple accounts. The same account allows you to keep track of trees you’ve planted with other reforestation applications like salesforce.com/trees or stern.de/baeume.

This allows you to manage your profile without sharing your personal information with third-party websites.

  1. Redeem Trees

We’ve changed a few things with redeem trees to simplify the feature for all users. Redeem will now allow you to add trees you’ve planted or received through chocolates or certificates to add to your profile.

Please note that organisations plant these trees regardless of whether you decide to redeem or not. Redeem only allows you to track all your trees with one account – The Plant-for-the-Planet Account.

Redeem will further be improved later this year, and please follow our blog/newsletter for details. 

  1. Tax Deductions for donations collected by Plant-for-the-Planet

Now you can receive tax receipts for donations made to over 100+ projects using webapp v2.0. 

  1. More ways to plant trees

On the new app, you can plant trees in less than 20 seconds. 

With Apple Pay and Google Pay integration payment is seamless. Recurrent donations, SEPA and Paypal donations will be available in a couple of weeks.

  1. Mobile friendly design

Whether you are in a bar, cafe, or on the road, you can now plant trees on the go – even without downloading the mobile app!

  1. A simpler Leaderboard

We’ve designed the new leaderboard to show your tree donations with your privacy in mind. If you want your full name to be visible in the leaderboard, simply signup with your full name, and ensure that ‘Private Account’ is disabled.

These are some of many features available on the webapp. Try it out today and let us know what you think.

For us, this is just the beginning of a revolution for reforestation transparency and monitoring. With our APIs the sky’s the limit on how we can build the community around a trillion trees.

If you have an idea and would like to integrate our APIs, or just want to contribute to our open source ecosystem, send us an email to support[at]plant-for-the-planet.org

If you enjoy the webapp and like our work, please consider making a donation to Plant-for-the-Planet itself, so that we can continue to keep the platform free of commissions: https://www.plant-for-the-planet.org/en/donation

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