One Tree Planted Awarded a Restoration Grant from Bezos Earth Fund

Meaghan Weeden | December 6, 2021 | 3 min read

One Tree Planted Receives a Bezos Earth Fund Grant in the Restoring Lost Ground Category

We’re thrilled to share that One Tree Planted has received a $15 million grant from the Bezos Earth Fund to support our work together with the World Resources Institute and AFR100 to restore landscapes across the African Continent.

For every $1 million invested into this initiative, it's estimated that we can empower 5 African enterprises and community organizations, restore 1,400 hectares of land (equivalent to 1,000 soccer fields), create 650 jobs, plant 1 million trees, and deliver $9-12 million dollars in benefits to local populations. These benefits include poverty reduction, improved health and nutrition, women's empowerment, wildlife protection, environmental services and more!

women agroforestry reforestation rwanda

Why plant trees in africa?

With the world's 2nd largest tropical forest (the rainforest of the Congo Basin, which is home to 60% of African biodiversity) Africa holds a whopping 17% of global forest cover. Unfortunately, Africa's prolific, ecologically rich forests are at risk from deforestation that's 4X the global average rate. Not only does this threaten the livelihoods of local communities across the continent, it affects the planet as a whole. 

AFR100, the African Forest Landscape Restoration initiative, is a country-led effort to bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030. It aims to accelerate restoration to enhance food security, increase climate change resilience and mitigation, and combat rural poverty. So far, 32 countries across Africa have signed up, along with local communities, national governments, public and private sector partners, and international development programs.

reforestation partner tree nursery seedlings

What is the Bezos Earth fund?

Launched in 2020, the Bezos Earth Fund is a $10 billion commitment to fund scientists, activists, NGOs, and private-sector entities that are taking critical action to combat the climate crisis, preserve and protect the natural world, and support climate justice.

We’re proud to be included among the recipients in this round of grants, which is squarely focused on conserving land and sea, restoring degraded land, and advancing climate justice. We are thankful to the Bezos Earth Fund for this opportunity to plant trees and restore land across Africa! 

Caught up in the excitement? Join us in supporting AFR100 — plant a tree in Africa today!

AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa
AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa

AFR100: Plant Trees for Africa

AFR100 (the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative) aims to restore 100 million hectares of deforested & degraded land in Africa by the year 2030. Support AFR100 to reforest Africa! 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

Help match the impact of Bezos Earth Fund

  • With the world's second largest tropical forest - the rainforest of the Congo Basin that is home to a staggering 60 percent of the continent's biodiversity - Africa holds 17 percent of our planet's forest cover. Unfortunately, Africa is at risk due to deforestation that is 4 times the global average rate. Not only does this threaten the livelihoods of its local communities, it also affects the planet as a whole. Thanks to the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative, also known as AFR100, Africa is on its way to restoring 100 million hectares of land by 2030. Join us in supporting 100 appropriately-selected reforestation organizations in order to help restore Africa's landscapes!
  • Planting trees in Africa will help to add nutrients to soil, while also controlling erosion. Added forest cover will diminish pressure on remaining forests, allowing for biodiversity to flourish and ultimately helping with the global climate crisis. With focus on reforesting within local communities, sustainable livelihoods will develop through the creation of jobs, thus minimizing poverty. Fruit trees will be planted in order to improve food security, which will help to feed impoverished families, and also provide them with the option to resell fruit.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates on our AFR100 projects, 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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