This tree planting project links environmental restoration with income generation, providing the local community with the knowledge and tools to conserve their land, protect their water supply, and create a sustainable, diverse economy for future generations. It focuses on the Loka Bedelcha Kebele in Southern Ethiopia: an area where environmental degradation is threatening livelihoods and biodiversity. The area is challenged by a dry and unpredictable climate, as well as poor soil fertility, ineffective land management practices, and lenient resource regulations.
Our partner, SOS Sahel Ethiopia, is dedicated to improving the living standards of smallholder farmers and marginalized pastoralists through better management of their environment and improved access to food. Taking place on communal lands and around homesteads, the planting of these trees will be tied to sustainable business for the local community: fruit and coffee production, beekeeping, and animal fattening. Community cooperatives will be the primary implementers of the project, while school clubs will be established to engage in the tree plantation to learn by doing.
A personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on our Ethiopia project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
Our partners will plant a variety of trees to ensure this project has a wide-ranging impact. These include multi-purpose tree species (Acacia saligna, Accacia abysinica, Gravilia robusta & Olea Africana), fruit trees (Mango, Papaya & Avocado), and coffee plants.
In 2016, Ethiopia lost 20,000 hectares of forest, equivalent to 1.6Mt of CO₂ of emissions. While significant economic improvements have been made in recent years, environmental degradation presents a serious challenge for Ethiopians. With mounting population pressure, deforestation for more agricultural land has become a way of life for the poor to win daily bread. The majority of the population (approximately 100 million and growing) live in rural areas, relying on farming and livestock rearing for their income and survival.
Our partners have worked in the area since 2014, supporting communities to restore highly degraded lands. In two years (2014-2016), their work has seen much success: seedlings, saplings and trees more than doubled in size, soil moisture and infiltration increased, herbaceous cover significantly improved from 32% to 85%, mammal species reappeared in response to the improving ground cover. These communities are learning to manage their environment collectively, while benefiting from new economic opportunities through beekeeping and livestock.
This project will train local high school students in environmental protection, soil & water conservation measures, seedling raising, tree planting & follow-up.
Planting trees will return stability and nutrients to the soil, improving yields for local farmers and protecting the community’s water supply.
Provide a sustainable business model for local farmers by improving soil fertility, increasing crop yield, and diversifying their output with coffee and fruit trees.