2021 Impact: 23 Million Trees Planted Across the Globe
Meaghan Weeden | January 20, 2022 | 5 min read
23 Million Trees Planted for People, Nature & The Environment
2021 was a year of ups and downs. But despite the challenges presented by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we managed to plant 23,588,232 trees in 42 countries around the world. We're so proud to continue our journey of incredible growth year over year by planting over 2x the trees we did in 2020. But it's the individual stories, the poignant details that, when the days are long and the obstacles many, warm our hearts and strengthen our resolve to continue our work restoring, one tree at a time, our global forest.
From the simple action of planting trees grows complex, long-lasting benefits that radiate across entire landscapes, benefiting nature and people for generations to come. As these 23,588,232 trees grow into maturity, they'll restore ecosystems that have been degraded by human and climate change impacts, support and heal communities with lasting social and economic benefits, protect endangered species, absorb an estimated 4,000,000 tons of carbon over the next 20 years, and more.
With 25,000,000 trees already committed to be planted in 2022, we're so excited to continue to expand our global reach and see where this year takes us. But first, let's dig in and celebrate all that we accomplished together in 2021!
Read the 2021 impact report to see what we accomplished together
reforestation on every continent that needs and can support trees
Planting trees is the ultimate act of environmental restoration, but the fate of ecosystems and the communities they support are inextricably intertwined. The people, communities and families around the world who are involved in our planting projects see numerous positive impacts. In addition to improving their "green infrastructure" and protecting resources like clean water and stabilized soils, our projects help with jobs, training, and supporting families with improved income and access to food.
In 2021, we worked with 86 partners on 166 projects in 42 countries. Of these, 26 were sustainable agroforestry projects and benefited a cumulative 35,072 farming families. Combining environmental and social outcomes not only helps those in need, but also ensures that the trees we plant are not harvested for timber or cleared for agricultural production.
10,965,751 trees planted in north america
In North America, our projects restore forests after wildfires like those in Paradise, California; repair damage caused by a history of industry and resource extraction; support endangered species like the Southern Resident Orca of the Pacific Northwest, green up urban areas for environmental justice, and more.
This year, a total of 10,965,751 trees were planted in Canada and the United States. Of these,
5,464,565 trees will help restore 6,287 hectares of land that were burned in wildfires. Another 7,326,085 trees will protect and restore 8,908 hectares of critical watersheds and riparian areas.
1.2 million of the trees planted went directly to California reforestation efforts, helping local communities restore forests and rebuild their lives after devastating wildfires. And as part of our efforts to restore land in the Pacific Northwest, we forged strategic relationships to create a nursery network that will help our planting partners get access to millions of seedlings. To help address seedling shortages, we're also looking into options to expand our nursery capacity on the east coast.
4,330,130 trees planted in Latin america
In Latin America, many of our projects focus on rebuilding forests and restoring land so the benefits of healthy tropical forests can be felt around the world. Our partners work with communities impacted by deforestation, training them in sustainable forest management practices and agricultural techniques like agroforestry. In 2021, we worked with 5,940 farming families, creating sustainable livelihood that will feed their families for years to come.
A total of 4,330,130 trees were planted in Mexico, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Costa Rica, the Honduras, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. 694,671 of these trees will help restore 1,728 hectares of rainforest that has been burned in wildfires, a threat that is tied directly with industrial agriculture in this region. Another 1,006,391 trees will help protect crucial watersheds that supply millions of people through projects like our multi-year planting across the High Andes of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina.
2,610,000 trees planted in Africa
In Africa, our projects rebuild animal habitat, restore soil and critical watersheds, and improve the lives of the communities who rely on the forests the most. Our planting partners promote agroforestry and educate farmers on the benefits of improved forestry practices, working to provide communities with sustainable sources of food, fuelwood, and income. In 2021, 14,065 farming families benefited and 2,381 women were directly employed or involved in restoration efforts.
A total of 2,610,000 trees were planted in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire and Cameroon. 1,497,242 of these trees will help restore 6,540 hectares of critical watersheds. We're proud of what we've accomplished in Africa, and look forward to expanding our role in this region through growing partnerships. We're also proud to be an implementation partner of AFR100, the African Forest Landscape Restoration initiative, which aims to bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030
Photos from our 2021 Projects
5,077,224 Trees Planted In Asia & the pacific
In Asia, our projects focus on rebuilding the habitat of critically endangered species like orangutans, tigers, and over 1,700 species of birds. In addition to their awesome biodiversity benefits, these projects create restoration jobs and provide sustainable, long-term income for local communities.
1,149,441 of the trees planted in Asia will help restore 2,232 hectares of land affected by wildfires — in many cases, wrought by unsustainable agriculture for products like palm oil — a ubiquitous processed foods ingredient. 1,542,213 of the trees will help restore 2,874 hectares of critical watershed. We worked with 14,950 farming families and 2,045 women to create lasting social and economic impact in this region.
In the Pacific, our projects focus on restoring forests following the destruction wrought by the Black Summer and other bushfires, rejuvenating critical habitat for wildlife like koalas and cockatoos, and safeguarding community watersheds through the restoration of indigenous tree species. Among many other benefits, 58,365 of the trees planted here will directly protect watersheds spanning 129 hectares.
605,127 Trees Planted In Europe
In Europe, our projects aim to re-establish woodland, improve water and soil quality, and create habitat for wildlife in areas that were forested long ago. We planted 605,127 trees in Iceland, Scotland, England, Denmark, Germany, Romania, Italy and Spain. From urban forestry projects that green up and cool down cities to watershed restoration in the wild heart of Scotland, we look forward to continuing to expand our impact in this region!
Each region has its unique challenges and opportunities, but what holds true no matter where you go is that when done correctly, reforestation changes lives for the better. From restoring ecosystems that have been ravaged by wildfires (and wouldn't be able to regenerate on their own), to stabilizing riparian areas and protecting watersheds that provide drinking water for millions, our projects have long-lasting impacts around the globe.
We hope you're as inspired as we are by all that we accomplished together in 2021. Ready to begin making an impact for forests in 2022? Plant a tree today!