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Red Deer River

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Brazil; Peru; Suriname; France; Colombia; Guyana; Bolivia; Venezuela; Ecuador
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Countries: Canada
Regions: Nelson River
Project SDGs:
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Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
Climate Resilience and Adaptation (SDG 13.1)
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Nature-Based Solutions
Conservation Agriculture/Agronomy
Progress to Date: 23,806 planted trees Trees planted
Services Needed: Other
Desired Partner: NGO / Civil Society
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Feb. 2018  »  Ongoing
Project Website: www.purprojet.com/project/red-deer-river
Contextual Condition(s): PHYSICAL: Ecosystem vulnerability or degradation
Additional Benefits: Raised awareness of challenges among water users
Beneficiaries: Ecosystems
Planning & Implementation Time: More than 3 years
Primary Funding Source: pool
Project Challenges: Other
Project Source: User
Profile Completion: 92%

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Planting of Trees to Restore Watershed Health, in Partnership with Farmers in the Province of Alberta

The project focus for the first year was put on restoring the Blindman River, an affluent of Red Deer River. Agricultural activities have led to the removal of forests and riparian areas along the river which resulted in poor water quality and stream bank erosion. Moving forward, farms in the Red Deer River Watershed will be identified for the planting of riparian zone areas…

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Planting of Trees to Restore Watershed Health, in Partnership with Farmers in the Province of Alberta

The project focus for the first year was put on restoring the Blindman River, an affluent of Red Deer River. Agricultural activities have led to the removal of forests and riparian areas along the river which resulted in poor water quality and stream bank erosion. Moving forward, farms in the Red Deer River Watershed will be identified for the planting of riparian zone areas, ecobuffers, and silvopasture suitability to improve water quality health, provide habitat for wildlife, improve soil health and restore ecosystem services.

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Basin and/or Contextual Conditions: PHYSICAL: Ecosystem vulnerability or degradation
Project Benefits: Raised awareness of challenges among water users
Indirect or Direct Beneficiaries: Ecosystems
Months & Implementing: More than 3 years
Primary Funding Source: Pool funding (i.e., joint funding of several partners)
Challenges: Other

Project Narrative

BENEFITS With riparian and eco-buffer tree planting, the project will support ecosystem restoration, while providing habitat for wildlife and pollinators as well as a sheltering function to protect the farms and livestock. Trees planted in riparian zones take up excess nutrients before they enter waterways and stabilize banks from further erosion and topsoil loss. Water Quality: In the project area, the nutrient and bacterial concentrations in the river exceed water quality guidelines, due to excessive agricultural runoff and other land use impacts which reduce the functionality of the riparian zone. Planting trees will help to promote healthy waterways and reduce water pollution and eutrophication through the management of storm water, provision of physical barriers and the active uptake and use of excess nutrients. Soil Management: Tree roots and above ground structures increase soil water-holding capacity. They reduce the chance for soil loss and support soil stabilization — reducing risk of landslides, mudflows, and coastal erosion. By restoring the functionality of the riparian area, trees will support flood control in a region increasingly affected by this kind of climatic event.Biodiversity Habitat: The newly planted trees will form a riparian forest that will help to promote and support the diversity of the Alberta flora and fauna. This region has seen the natural habitat for bears, elk, deer and other fauna decrease due to increase development. It is the hope of the project to provide some natural areas for these animals to again thrive. Forest ecosystems help to regulate pests and prevent diseases that attack plants, animals and people. Farm protection: Trees planting in the edges of the farms have a sheltering function, protecting the farm and livestock from the wind and snow. They provide privacy and security benefits to the landowners. Aninam Welfare: By providing wind breaks, protection from the elements, and visual barriers to roads and other stressors, properly planted trees can provide shelter and important stress reduction for livestock. Tree crops can also be used as a source of natural grazing fodder, or harvested for use in engineered fodder.

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We develop agroforestry projects within the supply chains of companies (Insetting) and value water benefits, among others. We develop as well a Trees4Water valuation tool that we would like to share with your platform. WE REGENERATE ECOSYSTEMS TO IMPROVE LIVELIHOODS … Learn More

Tristan Lecomte
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