From 2021 onwards, Boat Bike Tours will be carbon neutral. To compensate for the CO2 emissions that we can’t reduce yet, we compensate by partnering with Justdiggit.
The program impact of the 2-year partnership, start January 2021:
- 6,800 ha regreened in the South Rift region in Kenya
- 10,550 tCO2e captured
- 81 million liter of rain water retained yearly
If we can warm up the earth, we can also cool it down
The Justdiggit approach:
Step 1 Landscape restoration
Degraded land is restorable
Justdiggit jumpstarts large scale landscape restoration projects by retaining rainwater for vegetation and preventing erosion, flooding and land degradation. This creates local benefits for communities and the environment.
Step 2 Dig and open up the soil
Prevent soil erosion
In dry areas where the soil is degraded, rainwater can no longer infiltrate into the ground. When it rains, water washes away unused. This causes erosion and washing away of the remaining fertile soil and seeds. This causes further land degradation and loss of vegetation cover. This negative vicious circle needs to be broken to restore and re-green the land by interventions.
Waterbunds to harvest rainwater
Step 3 Harvesting the rains
Make best use of the water
Almost everywhere on our planet it rains, even in dry areas. By using ancient water harvesting techniques combined with recent innovations, we enable rainwater to infiltrate the ground again. This makes it available for vegetation and seeds in the soil. It also stops further erosion and loss of fertile soil.
Step 4 Returning the natural vegetation
More vegetation means more rains
By allowing rainwater to infiltrate into the soil, seeds will sprout and vegetation returns. To increase biodiversity and improve the livelihood of communities we complement this with planting trees, improved agriculture and agroforestry.
Step 5 Restoring the water cycle
An upward spiral
The restored vegetation brings more moisture into the air, which helps to create clouds and restores the water cycle.
Step 6 Creating more green with a little green
Green areas growing towards each other
Due to the renewed root system underneath, the soil becomes poreus and the water can easier infiltrate. This rises the aquafer and the vegetation will spread.
Step 7 Greener land makes a cooler planet
Trees and plants are the air-conditioning of our planet, that’s why it’s important to restore degraded lands. It has been calculated by the UN that 2 billion hectares of degraded land is restorable. This is almost twice the size of Europe!
Let us all pick up the shovel and re-green the land to cool down the planet! Justdiggit!