- Why should I adopt a tree?
- How do I adopt a tree?
- How can I take care of my adopted tree?
- Can I give a tree away as a gift?
- I would like to adopt a complete forest
- My company or organization would like to adopt trees
- Will my tree die of thirst if it doesn’t rain for a long time?
- What happens if my tree dies or gets destroyed/vandalized/stolen?
- Does the tree belong to me forever?
- Do I take any responsibility with my adoption?
- Who or what is Forest of Peace?
- What have trees and Buddhism in common?
- Does my adopted tree contribute to climate protection?
- Are you a commercial operator?
- What happens to the revenue?
- Can I make money with my adopted tree?
- I want to keep my adopted tree indefinitely. How can I do that?
- You should not fell trees, but plant trees!
- How can I tell which adopted tree is mine?
- Elsewhere you can buy/adopt trees much cheaper.
- Can I visit my adopted tree?
- Can I donate money to your organization?
- How do I know what is really happening with my money?
- iCTET – What if I don’t know a child, but would like to contribute?
- iCTET – How do I know a tree is reserved for the child of my choice or another?
- iCTET – What are the risks?
- iCTET – What costs are covered by the trust?
1. Why should I adopt a tree?
The popular saying of “to plant a tree, to build a house, to raise a child” symbolizes the highest aim of man – to give meaning to life. Today we need to “plant a tree” to save our future. Through our website Forest of Peace you can adopt a tree and become a part in our “go green” effort for clean air. By adopting a tree you can set an example: to be against global deforestation and support climate protection. Plants are one of the most efficient carbon dioxide (CO2) killers. Your adopted tree helps to reduce CO2 in the air thus makes a valuable contribution to the fight against climate change! By adopting a tree through our site you also help supporting the future of a rural family, the forester of the land your tree grows.
2. How do I adopt a tree?
Click on any of our links called “ADOPT A TREE“, found on most of our pages. On the page that opens you can fill in the fields needed to transfer your adoption fee using your credit card via e-commerce secure First Data’s LinkPoint gateway.
3. How can I take care of my adopted tree?
Each tree needs water to live. In a tropical country like Thailand, where the long dry season may harm your adopted tree, regular watering of your tree is necessary. Our local foresters will care for your tree and make sure it will survive dry spells as well as any tree infestation that might befall it. With your one-time adoption payment you cover watering and taking care of your tree for the next 10 years; not covered are damages of any kind to the tree caused by natural disasters.
4. Can I give a tree away as a gift?
Yes, you can give away trees as a gift to your friends and family through Forest of Peace. The adoption procedure is the same as if you adopt your own tree, but instead enter name and address of the person you want to present the adoption gift. A tree is a unique gift with great value and importance. To give away a tree as a gift for an anniversary or Christmas is a meaningful idea that helps to improve our lives.
5. I would like to adopt a complete forest.
Yes, you can. We are spreading the idea of our good cause onto the international platform. We are constantly seeking land plots in different countries that we can populate with trees people can adopt. So if you are interested in adopting a complete forest please contact us via our Contact Us page.
6. My company or organization would like to adopt trees.
7. Will my tree die of thirst if it doesn’t rain for a long time?
No! We will never let a tree die. Your adopted tree is taken care of by our local foresters who waters the tree during the dry season and makes sure your tree has all the right nutrients and is protected against any kind of tree infestation. With your one-time adoption payment you cover all necessities a tree needs to have a healthy life, but excludes damages of any kind to the tree caused by natural disasters.
8. What happens if my tree dies or gets destroyed/vandalized/stolen?
Forest of Peace shall always only be liable for reimbursement of natural restitution, not for money. In case anything happens to your tree we will always replace it with a new baby tree, except in the case of war or other unforeseen catastrophes. In fact, as soon as a tree is assigned to a person through any of Forest of Peace’s projects a new baby tree is planted. The new baby tree either functions as a backup tree for a lost or damaged adopted tree or it itself falls in line to be adopted or otherwise designated to a person through one of Forest of Peace’s projects.
9. Does the tree belong to me forever?
No, due to legal reasons the adoption period is limited to 15 years. If, after 18 years, you would like to continue to support the Forest of Peace and adopt another tree you may do so through our website.
10. Do I take any responsibility with my adoption?
Of course you take a certain idealistic responsibility for your adopted tree. You take no legal responsibility and specific duties for the tree. Your adopted tree has an identification tag that indicates that the tree belongs to you. You may visit it if you so wish.
11. Who or what is Forest of Peace?
Forest of Peace is an international organization with no interest in profit. A large portion of the proceeds from the adoption of trees is used for charitable purposes in developing countries. We also actively support Buddhist projects. Our administrative costs are below average compared to most other nonprofit organizations.
12. What have trees and Buddhism in common?
Forest of Peace is built on high values, aiming for a fruitful cooperation of all religions in this world and a peaceful life worth living. We also actively support Buddhist projects. Our very first forest was established in 2009 in Chok Chai, a small town about 40km south of Nakorn Ratchasima. Thailand is one of the most important countries of Buddhism.
13. Does my adopted tree contribute to climate protection?
All kinds of plants, including the leaves of trees, are one of the most efficient CO2 killers. By Forest of Peace planting and you adopting a tree, you help to reduce carbon dioxide in the air and thus make a valuable contribution to the fight against climate change! Remember, it is not “just one tree, how can that help in reduction of CO2″, but “every single tree counts and contributes to clean air”.
14. Are you a commercial operator?
No, we are no commercial enterprise. Forest of Peace is an international organization with no interest in profit. A large portion of the proceeds from the monies we received through our “Adopt A Tree” project is used for charitable purposes in developing countries. We also actively support Buddhist projects. Our administrative costs are below average compared to most other nonprofit organizations.
15. What happens to the revenue?
A portion of the adoption money received is used to cover the purchase price for the baby teak trees and aids as an income to the local caretaker/forester who looks after your adopted tree and the land. What remains after the deduction of administrative costs (below average compared to most other organizations) will be invested in charity projects in Southeast Asia and development aid. 2.5 percent will be used exclusively for Buddhistic projects. All activities, plans and projects are regularly published on the Forest of Peace website. We do not maintain secret accounts or funds; all monies received are carefully channeled to reach the intended destinations and none of it wanders into slush funds.
Forest of Peace is a fully transparent organization. All bookings are available to all iCTET members for the purpose of review.
16. Can I make money with my adopted tree?
No, you cannot make money with your adopted tree. Once your tree has the ripe age of 15 years it will be felled and sold as timber. The money from sold timber will go into our funds for charitable projects. We fell our trees above the grass so it can regrow. This new baby tree will be put up for adoption again to start a new cycle in our project to clean the air off CO2 and to help natives in need.
17. I want to keep my adopted tree indefinitely. How can I do that?
The teak trees planted by Forest of Peace are felled when they are 10 years old and its proceeds will support our foundation’s charities. When that happens your adoption has ended its term. However, you can re-adopt the baby teak tree that grows from the stump of your felled tree or another tree from one of our other open-for-adoption tree projects.
18. You should not fell trees, but plant trees!
19. How can I tell which adopted tree is mine?
Once you have adopted a tree from Forest of Peace our forester will chose one of our already planted baby trees and mark it with your identification number, which is the number of your adoption receipt. As long as the tree is still growing a simple label band will be affixed to its trunk; later this band will be replaced with a more permanent sign. You will also receive coordinates of the location of your adopted tree.
20. Elsewhere you can buy/adopt trees much cheaper.
21. Can I visit my adopted tree?
The Forest of Peace website marks its land with the adopted trees in Google Earth. We also publish the coordinates of the land your tree is growing, plus a map on how to get to the land once you have reached its nearest town. Guided tours are only available for groups of people. For more information on visiting adopted trees in groups please contact us through our Contact Us page. (link to contact page)
22. Can I donate money to your organization?
No, Forest of Peace has a policy to not accept donations, neither from individuals nor from businesses. If you like our cause and want to support our work, then please adopt a tree and continue recommending Forest of Peace to your friends and acquaintances.
23. How do I know what is really happening with my money?
Not all charitable organizations are honest. Forest of Peace is a fully transparent organization. All bookings are available to all owners of a tree for the purpose of review. All activities, plans and projects are regularly published on our website. We do not maintain secret accounts or funds; all moneys received are carefully channeled to reach the intended destinations and none of it wanders into slush funds.
24. iCTET – What if I don’t know a child, but would like to contribute?
If you do not know of a child you could sponsor do not enter the field where a child name is to be entered on the payment process. Forest of Peace will still accept your contribution as an education support towards a young adult, but will choose the child itself.
25. iCTET – How do I know a tree is reserved for the child of my choice or another?
Forest of Peace marks adopted or sponsored trees with the PayPal pay gate number which is unique. We then send you a wall certificate which will contain this unique number plus the location and coordinates of the land your tree is growing.
26. iCTET – What are the risks?
We feel obliged to remind you that every business has its risks. The above mentioned trust is not to be construed as stock options; no official or regulated stock market portfolio for trees exists in any way or form. Please read this page (our Frequently Asked Questions) carefully.
27. iCTET – What costs are covered by the trust?
The trust will pay any costs related directly to the education process like registration fees, class fees, and education material. The costs can be claimed all at once or in steps. However, once the amount of the value of the timber of the tree of the designated child is exhausted, no more claims can be made.