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Taking Root
Montreal, Canada

Taking Root Nicaragua is a Canadian non-profit organisation with operations and partnerships with small rural cooperatives in Nicaragua.
We use reforestation as a tool for community economic development and believe that sustainable reforestation is more than simply planting trees.

By recognizing and supporting the needs of Nicaraguan communities as an integral part of a thriving ecosystem, Taking Root takes a holistic approach to community economic development and environmental action.

Taking Root is a 501(c)3 organization.

Latest News

Jun 21, 2018

Founder of one of Canada’s largest private forests invests with smallholders. Peter Schleifenbaumn is well known in forestry – Besides developing one of the largest privately held forests in Canada – Haliburton Forest – he is known for his leadership in sustainable forest management worldwide.  At 100,000 acres, Haliburton Forest was Canada’s first forest certified […]

The post Are Holistic Value Chains Key to Smallholder Forestry? appeared first on Taking Root.

Jun 05, 2018

Nicaraguans are facing their worst political crisis in a generation. Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets over the last month demanding that the president and vice president resign. As a pressure tactic, citizen groups have set up road blockades on all major roads in the country, which has paralyzed the country. Peaceful demonstrators […]

The post Political Crisis in Nicaragua – Why Reforestation is now more Important than Ever appeared first on Taking Root.

Apr 26, 2018

Over the last week, Nicaraguans of all walks of life have taken to the streets to protest. Initially, this was about pensioners and social security reform, but as demonstrators were met with violence, it quickly evolved into broader dissatisfaction with the government. In particular, people are calling for an end to police violence and freedom […]

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Apr 25, 2018

Garden of Peace We are proud to have Dawson College as a partner that has been offsetting its carbon footprint through Taking Root’s reforestation program for the past two years. This is but one small initiative within its “Living campus initiative”, a concept that integrates educational approaches under the vision of well-being for all and […]

The post Dawson College sets new standard for campus sustainability in partnership with Taking Root appeared first on Taking Root.

Mar 26, 2018

Can smallholders become the core of Nicaragua’s new reforestation strategy? Rome, Italy – This March, Taking Root’s Canadian and Nicaraguan directors presented their smallholder reforestation model by special invitation at the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO was particularly interested in Taking Root’s experience in Nicaragua implementing climate-smart agroforestry practices that generate millions […]

The post Presenting Taking Root’s Model to the UN appeared first on Taking Root.

Feb 27, 2018

Taking Root is looking to recruit two senior members to its Board of Directors to help guide the strategic direction & governance of the organization and build new relationships with the objective of expanding and diversifying revenue. Candidates are expected to contribute to the development of the organization’s mission by: Providing strategic advice to the […]

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Feb 27, 2018

After almost 6 months of deep introspection, we’re excited to announce that we have just launched our new website. This website better reflects Taking Root’s broader mandate of growing trees to tackle climate change and poverty as opposed to just focusing on carbon offsets. Check it out: www.takingroot.org Below are the 3 changes to our […]

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Sep 06, 2017

Taking Root’s 1st international partner visits Nicaraguan program Words by Kahlil Baker In early 2009, Taking Root was mostly just an idea rich in ambition but without financial backing. I remember after one of my early pitches for start-up funding, the funder said: “So let me get this straight. You want to give money to […]

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