Frequently Asked Questions
Adopting a tree means that for a single payment of $11,99 dollars, a native tree will be planted in the Amazon by local indigenous communities, and will be marked with the name the adopter chooses, it can be his or her own or someone else’s.
It’s called “adopt” since, although the adopter gave a monetary contribution, the tree will be under the care of the indigenous community for three years. During this time, and through photographic updates, the adopters of the tree will be able to follow the growth of the plant through the pictures uploaded to our website. The photographic shots of the plantings are made in December/January and June/July.
The adoption of a native tree planted by indigenous communities is done through our website www.savingtheamazon.org/en. Go to the Home page of our website and you’ll find the options we have for you: Tree for you to plant your name and offset your Carbon Footprint, Gift Tree to give to another person, and Tree to give condolences to give in honor and memory of a deceased person. You can pay online with different payment methods for all the people around the world.
Besides the tree planting, the $11,99 dollars include: 1. Each tree will be marked with a biodegradable template with the name indicated by the adopter. 2. An email with the following documents: welcome postcard to the project, which includes the photograph of the planted tree, and a certification diploma with the planting and coordinates information. 3. The georeferencing of the tree on a virtual map. This georeferencing is done through Google Maps with the planting coordinates taken with GPS in the field. 4. Every 6 months, for three years, a photo will be taken to follow the growth of the tree. 5. Maintenance of the tree by the community. In case the tree is affected by some natural inconvenience and dies, it’ll be replaced.
Currently we handle 4 kinds of adoption. A tree for you, which has the purpose of offsetting the Carbon Footprint produced by each person as an individual, the tree is personal and will be marked with the name of the adopter or the message they choose. Gift tree, which has the purpose to be a gift, so there is one person who adopts it to give it to someone else and someone who receives the gift. Tree to give condolences refers to a tree planted in honor and memory of a deceased person. The message of the certificate and the letter are directed towards him or her in memoriam. And finally, there are the Business Forest, which are aimed at social responsibility and green marketing. All kinds of adoption, with the exception of Business, have the same cost of $11.99 dollars per adopted tree. For business, individual quotes are made to each company depending on the number of trees that want to be planted
All trees are planted. The way to give evidence of the plantings is by sending an email with the photograph of the tree planted and marked with the name indicated by the adopter. Also, each tree has a unique code, a number which appears on the biodegradable label. This code can be entered in the “Your tree” section of the website and there will be photos, planting information and the geolocation.
No. One of our main values is the respect for indigenous ancestral knowledge and the community’s own needs, so they are the ones who decide which species to plant, where to plant them, when to plant them and how to do it. Each tree responds to a community need, it can be fruit, medicinal or timber trees (understood as a conscious use of the tree for construction of houses, crafts, canoes and oars).
There’s a physical owner and a symbolic owner. The indigenous communities that live in the planting area are the physical owners of the trees, since they’re the ones who plant and care for them. After three years of virtual monitoring, the tree becomes theirs. However, the tree adopter has the right to follow-up for 36 months, and as you have the planting coordinates, you can go to visit the adopted tree. Beyond owners, we believe in an adopter/responsible system, because at the end, the trees become part of the forest. Yet, indigenous communities will be able to benefit from these planted trees, since they have purposes such as food, security, medicinal and sustainable environment.
At the time of making the payment and registering the information of your gift tree, you’ll be asked for information such as the name and email of the person to whom you’re going to give the tree. With this information, Saving The Amazon notifies the indicated email that you have given them the planting of a tree, the reason and even a personalized message if you specify it in the form. Saving The Amazon sends a letter with the photograph of the georeferenced and marked tree, and an adoption certificate with the name of the person, the planting coordinates and the species of the planted tree. Two times a year (January/December and June/July) for three years, Saving The Amazon will update the tree photographs on the website as proof of the tree’s survival. As you’re the one who made the purchase, you’ll receive notifications and a copy of the sent email.
The name is marked on a biodegradable template, which is located in front of the planted tree. This template has an approximate durability of 3 to 4 years and is stamped with the SAVING THE AMAZON logo. The name of the beneficiary of the tree is handwritten by the field supervisor.
The person you assign as beneficiary will receive a letter with a photograph of the tree planted in the name of the deceased, and the certificate that accredits the deceased person as part of the Amazon, as a planted tree bears his name. The speech of the letter and the certificate are directed to the memory of the person who passed away
Yes. At the moment of adopting the tree we ask you to fill out a form with the information about the gift. This form has a space for a 250 character custom message.
Our operation focuses exclusively on sowing in the Tropical Humid Forest territories and those of high multidimensional poverty, but we do symbolic plantings in other parts of the country in person, this is part of particular campaigns that arise due to some eventuality but there are no fixed dates for this activities. Also, if you go to an Amazon Escape , our volunteer program, you will be able to have the experience of planting accompanied by indigenous communities.
Yes. We have a volunteer program launched in 2019 called the Amazon Escape, which has the purpose of promoting ecotourism in the Amazon region of Vaupés and making our project known from inside. This volunteering lasts 6 days where people will be able to meet and share with the indigenous communities, help in the planting, in particular projects of the community. With the help of our field operators, they will be able to track the coordinates and search for the planted tree.
Plantings are made in two countries, Colombia and Brazil. In Colombia, we plant in Vaupés, Caquetá and Putumayo, three districts of the Amazon region. In each department, we plant in different indigenous reservations helping different communities. In Brazil, plantings are carried out in the Yavaraté community, in the border area of Vaupés. Our purpose is to reach more reserves and planting areas throughout the Amazon, not only in Colombia and Brazil, but in the other countries that comprise it. On the other hand, we have planting areas in the Colombian Pacific, in Chocó, where we carry out the Bosques de Paz program.
The Amazon is the most important ecosystem on the planet for different reasons such as its great capacity to absorb and retain CO2 thus cooling the planet, the biodiversity of fauna and flora, the amount of fresh water that flows through its rivers and is home to the most vulnerable ancestral indigenous communities on the planet. All of this is currently threatened by deforestation, fires and other extractive activities that destroy this ecosystem every day. Caring for it and preserving it is vital to the permanence of the human race on Earth. For this reason, we decided to work right where there is most need, both at the ecosystem and humanitarian levels.
Indigenous communities benefit from signing up as a seeder family. Each registered family receives a payment for each planted tree, and since there are massive plantings of more than thousands of trees, the payments are significant. The more you plant the more work there is for the communities. Likewise, payments are made for photographs taken throughout the 3 years that the tree is monitored. To ensure that the project is successful and that the trees grow, it is necessary to maintain the trees, take care of the land and clean them of pests. These jobs are also paid. Likewise, the employees that we have, such as the field supervisor and planting director, are part of the indigenous communities and are an example and incentive of the possibility of job escalation. Our goal is to have more and more indigenous families and communities involved in our project.
Below you will find the list of the communities with which Saving The Amazon carries out planting and forest restoration:
Vaupés department: Gran resguardo indígena del Vaupés with the association AATICAM (Asociación de Autoridades Tradicionales Indígenas Cercanas al Área de influencia de la MCH (Micro central hidroeléctrica de Mitú)) in the communities: Tayazú, Santa Cruz, Trubón, Timbó, Pueblo Nuevo.
Colombia-Brazil border with the association ACAZUNIP. Asociación de Capitanes de la zona unida del Río Papurí. Yavaraté community.
Caquetá department: Huitora indigenous reservation.. Puerto Zábalo y los monos indigenous reservation: indigenous communities Jerusalén, Quinche y Estrechos. With the NGO —
Putumayo department: Predio Putumayo indigenous reservation: Comunidad Umancia. Junto a la Fundación Ambiente Dorado
Chocó department: La Encharcazón, corregimiento de Río Iró con la asociación MUCAHOPA (Mujeres Cabeza de Hogar del Pacífico). Bellavista, Bojayá con la asociación Agricultura Limpia Bojayá.
E-mail notifications have a minimum period of 5, maximum 10 business days, but the approximate time is one week. These times are large since the planting of the seedling, the assignment of the code and the marking of the tree, the photograph taking, the sending, and the generation of the letter and certificate must be done. In the Amazon there are weather and satellite internet connection problems that sometimes delay the shipping processes,For this reason we move between generous times to be able to fulfill our value offer in the indicated time.
Probably we have already sent it, but there was a problem with the email. Sometimes our emails go into the “Promotions” or “Spam” sections so the first thing to do would be to check if you have any email from @savingtheamazon.org under the subject: Your tree in the Amazon. We have a newsletter, so we send informative and promotional emails, you should check them as well. If you finally can’t find your tree, you can contact us through our customer service in WhatsApp (+57) 314-264-4983, our email [email protected] or through a Direct Message on our social networks.
Each tree is assigned a unique code, a number that appears on the biodegradable label and is clearly indicated in the notification email. This code must be entered in the “Your tree” section of the website and there you will find photos, planting information and geolocation of your tree. Every six months (December / January and June / July) the photographic update is made.
Yes, it is a single payment of $ 11.99 that covers everything included in the tree adoption. We will have the option of recurring payments through a membership program in development which will be called Become a Partner.
The value of the tree is indicated in dollars, but at the time of making the payment, its charged in your local currency. In other words, the platform automatically converts the equivalent of $ 11.99, and that amount is debited in your currency.
No, It is not possible, since the same day you make the purchase the order is sent to the indigenous community with the information you have included in the form.
Of course. We have two ways you can volunteer. You can participate in our Amazon Escape, a space dedicated to a trip for 5 or 6 days to Vaupés so you can know our project first-hand. It has a cost, and it doesn’t require any particular knowledge or specific skills. Another way is to help us operatively in our daily work as an NGO in the city, whether at home, in the office or remotely, but not in the field. If you want to volunteer from the city, please tell us how you think you can add value and we will always be ready to receive you. You can write to us through our social media, or to the WhatsApp customer service.
Saving The Amazon is a non-profit organization, so our fixed costs are the payment to our workers in the office and in the field (These are the payments to the indigenous communities that carry out the entire process of planting, marking trees, taking coordinates and taking photos of the trees). Beyond this, we do NOT benefit financially as an institution.
There’s a commitment from the communities not to cut down the trees after 36 months. And beyond the written commitment, there is a strong incentive for these trees to be useful for the community in a few years. Either for their food or medicinal security or the ecosystem services offered by them. Furthermore, we work with indigenous communities who have a worldview deeply rooted in the care of their territories and the preservation of the Amazon, so for them, the felling of these trees is not a choice, since their priority is the care of Mother Earth.
Our vision is to be the most important NGO in the fight against the Climate Crisis through concrete actions such as planting trees and supporting indigenous communities in the Amazon. WE ARE GOING TO UNITE THE WHOLE WORLD FOR THE CONSERVATION OF THE AMAZON IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE CLIMATE CRISIS!
We have two administrative and operational offices, one in Mitú (Vaupés) and the other in Bogotá. We’re also beginning our international expansion with a person working from Madrid, Spain and we hope to have our international office very soon.
Yes. Our sowings are certified by the autonomous corporation of Vaupés, the CDA and we are awaiting our certification from KPMG.
Saving The Amazon is a non-profit organization, so although there are administrative positions and directors, no one owns the foundation.
This depends on the field, where and who it is. For Saving The Amazon, it’s really important that its crops are made in the collective territories of the communities with the greatest multidimensional poverty in the country, so we don’t work in private territories. Still, we are always open to new partnership opportunities so you can send us an email and we can study what can be done.
Any type of project could be articulated if it’s focused on the restoration of the Tropical Humid Forest and/or the well-being of the communities that inhabit it. Always with the purpose of contributing to a better world and a better future.
We are part of AsoCarbono, and we are also recognized as the Social Responsibility project of the Colombian company Servinformación.
Our resources come from individual donations from people who want to adopt trees or companies who want to adopt our project with a view to its sustainability and socio-environmental responsibility objectives..
We have a payment platform that supports multiple types of payment such as credit card, debit cards, pse, and in some cases cash depending on the country where you are.
Of course, if you download our App  in AppStore or GooglePlay you’ll be able to calculate your Carbon Footprint and know how many trees you have to plant to compensate it.
Being part of Saving The Amazon is simple! Only through the adoption of a tree, you become part of this network of change agents who believe in a better world and a better future. You can also follow us on our social media and become an active part of our community by replicating our message among colleagues and friends.
We firmly believe that today’s companies must include socio-environmental responsibility within their value statements since it’s clear that business sectors have a strong impact on the generation of Carbon, and we must all contribute to the 2030 agenda, and avoid a climate crisis through different actions. Our business programs have different approaches and vary depending on the companies. We have designed programs for SMEs or larger companies. We have commercial advisers who communicate directly with you to generate the personalized business plan and the measure of each company. Click here to know more
It’s our next membership program where the registered person has the possibility of making monthly tree plantings of 1, 5 or 10 trees. The programs are Amazon Seed, Amazon Tree and Amazon Forest. Each membership has its benefits. (Currently is in process of implementation
Bosques de Paz is an ally program of Saving The Amazon that was born in 2016 on the sidelines of the peace processes carried out in Colombia between the former armed group FARC. A proposal was made to President Juan Manuel Santos, with the indigenous communities of Vaupés, to plant a tree in the name of each one of the victims of the armed conflict in the country, with the aim of creating a living monument of memory and reconciliation. It was inaugurated in Mitú and several plantings have already been carried out in the department of Chocó, particularly in Bojayá and La Encharcazón, two places strongly affected by the violence that was experienced in Colombia for more than 50 years.