with Vahid Fotuh, Blue Forest
Ep. #230 of The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast
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Vahid Fotuhi is the Founder and CEO of Blue Forest, a mangrove forest restoration and conservation development organization. He is also the Founder of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), the largest and most active solar trade organization in the Middle East.
Vahid has 25 years of experience in the sustainable and renewable energy industry. He also published a photography book in 2018, “African Perspectives,” after traveling all over Africa.
His personal experience of challenging circumstances created his fascination with sustainable and renewable energy. As he decided to move closer to finding a solution to climate change, he discovered that mangrove trees were not just a “scrub,” but a nature-based solution to enhance our climate adaptation.
The idea of creating a better world for the new generations motivates Vahid to make a positive impact on the planet through renewable energy and reforestation by giving awareness, taking environmental actions, and creating eco-warriors – starting with his children.
During this conversation, Cory and Vahid talk about the significance of mangrove trees in mitigating climate change and their importance to the ecosystem. Vahid highlights why mangroves are worth protecting and shares the roadmap of Blue Forest’s reforestation projects, the challenges, misconceptions, and viable solutions to the deforestation problems.
The full transcript for this episode and more can be found at SocialEntrepreneurship.FM/230.
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“We use reforestation to instill and provide new skill sets for these communities, and provide them with the know-how that they can apply to forestry and then extend to other industries as well.”— Vahid Fotuhi, Blue Forest
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- Blue Forest on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram
- African Perspectives Photography Book by Vahid Fotuhi
- African Perspectives on Instagram
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