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A green, generous world for everyone

Naga Foundation is a non-profit founded in 2010. The Foundation develops and realizes initiatives that reverse the process of desertification.

By rehabilitating degraded soils and re-greening environments, Naga repairs entire ecosystems and thus restore the stability of the regional climate.

Naga aims to inspire the world to take matters into hands in order to realize a green, livable world for everyone.

Vision & mission

Our ecosystems are declining, now is the time to act

Our ecosystems are deteriorating with accelerating speed and now is the time to act. Naga’s mission is to reverse the process of desertification and restore the ecological and economic balance in desertified areas.

To that end, Naga Foundation promotes a simple and effective yet proven technique to rehabilitate desertified land. By simultaneously encouraging local economic activity around the re-greened land, Naga prompts a self-sustaining system that capitalizes on the emerging value of the re-greened land, balancing economic and ecological wealth on local, regional and international levels.

The threat of
desertification

Parts of the world have fallen victim to human instigated deforestation

Over the past century many parts of the world have fallen victim to human-instigated deforestation. As a result, ecosystems have collapsed and fertile land has turned into desert, livelihoods have degraded into strangling poverty, and the carrying capacities for human life and animal life have been further reduced. Our future ecological and economic prosperity is threatened.

The consequences of desertification include:

  • Diminished food production, soil infertility and a decrease in the land’s natural resilience;
  • Increased downstream flooding, reduced water quality, sedimentation in rivers and lakes, and silting of reservoirs and navigation channels;
  • Aggravated health problems due to wind-blown dust, including eye infections, respiratory illnesses, allergies, and mental stress;
  • Loss of livelihoods forcing affected people to migrate.

The causes ofdesertification

The immediate cause of desertification…

The immediate cause of desertification is the removal of vegetation. Unprotected, dry soil surfaces blow away with the wind or are washed away by flash floods, leaving infertile lower soil layers to bake in the sun and become an impenetrable and unproductive hardpan. The removal of vegetation is driven by a number of factors, which interact in complex ways:

Physical causes
• Soil erosion
• Changing rainfall
• Intense rainfall when it does rain



Main human causes
• Deforestation
• Population growth
• Overgrazing
• Over cultivation

Naga’s solution

Stop, reverse, and prevent ecosystem degradation

Naga Foundation has developed a solution along three strands to stop,
reverse, and prevent ecosystem degradation in a sustainable manner:

1

Re-green

the land

2

Revitalize

local economies

3

Raise

public awareness

1

Re-greening the land

A specialized geo-engineering technique to stop and reverse the process of desertification

Naga employs a specialized geo-engineering technique to stop and reverse the process of desertification through the
rehabilitation of local ecosystems using “simple” hydrologic principles at strategic locations.

Water-harvesting techniques ensure that all rain is collected and brought subsurface. As a result aquifers are replenished and vegetation re-appears. By doing this within a hydrologic network of strategic re-greened locations the initiated evapotranspiration and atmospheric cooling ensures regular, more balanced precipitation in the entire targeted region. Within a few years, this method of climate engineering restores the ability of an extended stretch of land to provide local and regional ecosystem services.

2

Revitalizing local economies

By developing simple businessmodels, multiple goals can be achieved

By working with the indigenous population to develop simple and diverse business models that capitalize on the value of the re-greened land, multiple goals can be achieved. First of all, the cost of re-greening the land can be recuperated and used to re-green other areas. In that way, the initiative becomes a revolving fund instead of a “one-off-subsidy”.

Furthermore, the businesses can restart local economies, raise the social and economic standard of living, and develop
a situation in which good and sustainable stewardship of the local ecosystem is encouraged, by restoring a culture of prevention.

3

Raising public awareness

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Raising global public awareness in- and outside the affected areas:

  • develops an additional source of funding to accelerate and expand to other affected areas,

  • fosters grassroots participation to effect behavorial, institutional and cultural change necessary to ensure a sustainable future, and

  • heightens the pressure on governments and organizations to take action.

Naga realized several successful re-greening projects in Kenya

The Hydrological Corridor Project

Naga has realized several successful re-greening projects in the area and will now demonstrate its Climate Engineered Ecosystem Rehabilitation approach in a large-scale project in Kenya: the hydrological corridor from the Indian Ocean towards the Kilimanjaro hinterland. Here, a vast area of fertile land will be restored. This climate engineering method will restore the rainwater infiltration capacity of the soil and sub-surface water reservoirs. A patchwork of some 266 km² actively developed evergreen areas will extend restoration effects to an area of around 20.000 km² (1/2 the surface of The Netherlands). By simultaneously supporting the local communities in setting up and developing sustainable businesses on the re-greened lands, repeated overexertion of re-greened areas is avoided and a sustainable local economy is advanced.Visit our projects page

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Your help

Donors and (impact)investors are crucial for Naga Foundation to realize its mission and fund its projects.

Donors and investors are crucial to Naga Foundation’s mission. Naga needs individuals, institutions and corporations who believe in our unprecedented climate engineering approach and want to invest in our comprehensive solution.

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The team behind Naga

Managed by experts

The Naga Foundation is managed by an experienced team:


Olivier Maes
CEO

Co-founder
Dennis Karpes
Director of PR, Communication & Funding

Co-founder
Paul Martijn

Program manager / Funding strategist


Ruwan Goppel
Financial Manager


Wessel van Eeden

Marketing Manager

The Naga management team is supported by a Supervisory Board consisting of internationally respected and experienced business and public leaders.