2022 Impact:

52 Million Trees Planted Across the Globe

Meaghan Weeden | January 17, 2023 | 5 min read

52 Million Trees Planted for People, Nature & The Environment

In the face of challenging social, political, economic and environmental realities, 2022 was a year that required resilience and innovation in the reforestation space. Through it all, One Tree Planted persevered and focused on what we do best: planting trees! Together with our incredible network of global planting partners (463 and growing!), we planted 52,793,657 trees through 327 impactful projects in 74 countries around the world! We're so proud to continue our journey of incredible growth every year by planting over 2x the trees we did in 2021. That said, it's the individual stories, the years long partnerships that, when the days are long and the obstacles many, warm our hearts and strengthen our resolve to continue our work planting trees and growing forests around the world.

From the simple action of planting trees grows complex, long-lasting benefits that reverberate across entire landscapes, creating profound and long-lasting benefits for nature and communities. As these 52,793,657 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, capture an estimated 10,000,000 tons of carbon over the next 20 years, and more.

With over 44,000,000 trees already committed to be planted in 2023, we're so excited to continue to grow our strategic global partnerships, expand our programs, and eventually hit the incredible milestone of 100,000,000 trees planted since our humble beginnings in 2014. But first, let's dig in and celebrate all that we accomplished together in 2022!

Read the 2022 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 hope, but the fate of ecosystems and the communities they support are, of course, intertwined. The people, communities and families around the world who are involved in our planting projects experience incredible — and often, life-changing — positive impacts. In addition to improving their "green infrastructure" and protecting resources like clean water and fertile soils, many of our projects help with jobs, training, and supporting families with improved income and nutrition. 

In 2022, we worked with 271 planting partners through 327 projects in 74 countries. Through these projects, 50,582 farming families were supported, 26,254 women were involved, and 2,438 jobs were created. Combining environmental and social outcomes not only helps those in need, but also helps to ensure that the trees we plant will not be harvested for timber or cleared for agricultural production in the future. 

tree planting stats north america

14,900,584 trees planted in north america

In North America, our projects restore forests after wildfires, 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 14,900,584 trees were planted in Canada and the United States

tree planting stats latin america

11,552,169 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 sustainable agroforestry.

A total of 11,552,169 trees were planted through projects in the Andes, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru. 

tree planting stats Africa

3,190,262 trees planted in Africa

In Africa, our projects rebuild wildlife habitat, restore soil and critical watersheds, and improve the lives communities who rely on forests for their livelihoods. Our planting partners promote sustainable agroforestry and educate farmers on the benefits of improved forestry practices, working to provide communities with sustainable sources of food, fuelwood, and income. In 2022, 3,190,262 trees were planted through projects in Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. 

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tree planting stats Asia and The Pacific

13,751,242 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.

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.

This year, 13,751,242 trees were planted through projects spanning the countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UAE, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, and Papua. 

tree planting stats Europe

3,665,044 Trees Planted In Europe

In Europe, our projects aim to re-establish historic woodlands, improve water and soil quality, and create habitat for wildlife in areas that were forested long ago. This year, we planted 3,665,044 trees through impactful projects in Armenia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the UK, France, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Switzerland. 

tree planting stats Terrafund for AFR100

5,370,239 Trees Planted Through Terrafund for AFR100

Managed by the World Resources Institute, One Tree Planted, and Realize Impact, Terrafund for AFR100 is the first concrete investment into the second phase of AFR100. Funders include Bezos Earth Fund, Facebook, Good Energies Foundation, Lyda Hill Philanthropies, DOEN Foundation, AKO Foundation, GiveOne, and Caterpillar Foundation.

From planting trees to growing economic security — which makes it possible to send kids to school, build homes, and strengthen communities — TerraFund for AFR100's projects are creating profound, intergenerational ripple effects that will transform Africa forever.Terrafund for AFR100 is a powerful consortium that allows us to make an incredible impact by working with a diversity of partners, in regions that we would not otherwise be able to. 

This year, the Terrafund for AFR100 projects that we manage planted 5,370,239 trees in Benin, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. 

One Tree Planted Impact to Date 2022

Each region faces 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 2022. Ready to begin making an impact for forests in 2023? Plant a tree today!

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. This project is currently supporting AFR100, the African Forest Landscape Initiative. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Provide jobs to minimize poverty in local communities
  • Improve climate change resilience & mitigation
  • Restore forest cover to improve food security
  • Africa is home to the world's second-largest tropical rainforest. The Congo Basin is home to 60% of the continent's biodiversity. However, unfortunately, Africa is alarmingly at risk due to the current deforestation rate - which is 4 times the global deforestation rate. Not only does this threaten the livelihoods of its local communities, but it also affects the planet as a whole.
    Thanks to AFR100, Africa is on a mission to reverse these trends and restore 100 million hectares of land by 2030. This country-led effort will bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030. This initiative aims to accelerate restoration to enhance food security, increase climate change resilience and mitigation and combat rural poverty. This includes 32 participating countries in Africa, along with local communities, national governments, public and private sector partners, and international development programs.
  • Planting trees in Africa reaps multiple benefits! Notably, reforestation here will help to add nutrients to the soil and control erosion, minimize poverty within local communities through the creation of jobs, and improve food security by feeding impoverished families through the planting of fruit trees. Ultimately, added forest cover in this region will diminish pressure on remaining forests, allowing for biodiversity to flourish and ultimately helping with the global climate crisis.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • We will plant an array of indigenous tree species throughout Africa, such as Senegalia polyacantha, Faidherbia albida, Albizia adianthifolia, Persea americana, Calliandra calothyrsus, Macadamia spp., shea, and mahogany. Fruit trees will also be planted, which include mango, orange, tangerine, avocado, apple, guava, and Brazil nut.

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