MORFO develops a large-scale solution for restoring native forest ecosystems. We address a crucial issue in maintaining acceptable living conditions for human beings because:
According to the United Nations, 1 billion hectares must be reforested by 2030. However, according to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), the current pace is 5 million hectares per year (5% of the target), often with monoculture practices that create wildlife and flora-poor environments: "75% of soils are artificialized and have lost their potential in terms of ecosystem services" (Robin Duponnois, Director of IRD).
We are one of only three companies in the world capable of restoring diverse native forest ecosystems. Concretely, our teams analyze vast abandoned spaces, work with local seed networks to select and identify the species to be replanted, determine the optimal planting conditions, revitalize up to 50 hectares per day using drones, and monitor the progress for several years.
"The MORFO technique is based on the semi-direct technique but protects the seed. Its advantage is that it can be applied everywhere in Guyana, Brazil, or Africa in general. It solves numerous difficulties, such as implementation, access, adaptation to the local ecosystem, and the choice of the planting time, for example."
Robin Duponnois, Research Director at IRD.
We are members of ClimAccelerator, a European program supporting climate startups, and work with prestigious partners such as LSTM (a collaboration between IRD, INRAe, and CIRAD in France) and leading Brazilian actors in reforestation: Sao Carlos University and EMBRAPA's advanced laboratory.
Our goal by 2030:
Our teams are highly diverse, making the group even richer: agronomists, data scientists, project developers, marketing and communication experts, business engineers, and more.
MORFO is looking for new collaborators who are eager to act responsibly and swiftly for our forests, within a flexible, ambitious, and enjoyable environment!
MORFO not only restores but also preserves biodiversity in all the ecosystems it rejuvenates. Before embarking on any project, thorough studies of the biomes are conducted, enabling the development of a profound knowledge of the seeds native to these ecosystems.
MORFO involves local and indigenous communities in all the projects it undertakes, encompassing seed collection, land preparation, tree planting, and forest monitoring.
MORFO restores forest ecosystems that serve as immensely powerful carbon sinks: 1 hectare of forest can capture up to 400teqCO2.
Beyond carbon capture, forests provide food and medicinal plantations, soil and water depollution, mitigate soil erosion, and improve water resource availability, among other benefits.