This question was asked by someone planting trees and tracking them once. That person assumed that there is a magical digital link now giving him a live TV style view into the trees. That is not the case. Of course Google maps satellite images are periodically updated over the years you can see the growth of the trees via timeline in "Google Earth Pro" for example. We are working on a timeline function withing the Web Map which will show all images of the same tree when tracked periodically.
Yes! Just because the trees are not saplings does not mean that they can not be tracked. Try and stay close to the tree and let the picture talk. Use the"Notes" field to enter the year that the tree was planted.
At the moment we are not taking species, location and other imoportant factors into consideration. Once the beta test phase is completed we will introduce a matrix based on environmental values.
This is one of our favorite questions. Its literally the same as how long is a piece of string. We are currently trying to work towards a 3 year survival based payout per tree at around 2-3 USD per tree. This is based on monthly updates and guaranties that the tree is alive. If the tree has died it can/should be replanted. The farmers get an incentive to care for the trees they planted. There are many models of tree planting which can bring the cost of one tree down to as low as 10 Cent per tree (sticking mangrove pods into the ground) or as high as thousands of USD per tree (helicopter delivery or urban landscaping based tree planting of grown trees). We have seen it all.
This is a very difficult question. If the question was "How much of my donation goes to the planter/farmer ?" the answer would be much simpler and would be: Currently 80-90% depending on the payment providers. The aim is 90% - 95%. Your donation goes towards survival of the tree which encourages the farmers to plant more trees of course.
Currently we are in a beta testing phase for direct payments of each token uploaded and verified but can not assure regular payments. We have some farmers that are getting paid since the beginning of 2019 already.