This reforestation initiative is working with local communities to restore native forests across the landscape at a number of sites across Malawi. In many village areas the need for fuel wood forces local people, often women, to walk long distances. This has led to forest degradation in nearby areas, fragmenting wildlife habitat and presenting hardships for local farming communities. That’s why your support will go a long way! This tree planting has a huge impact by not only restoring forests and all the benefits they bring to wildlife, watersheds, climate stability and more, but doing so in combination with sustainable development. This project will restore indigenous forest trees to the landscape in cooperation with communities while installing water wells and pumps, as well as fruit trees. Planting in combination with sustainable development goals tackles the roots of deforestation by taking pressure off mature trees and educating local women how to build fuel efficient clay brick stoves to save firewood and improve their lives.
By focusing on restoration with local communities, pressure on remaining forests is lessened while providing fuelwood from dropped branches and leaves from existing trees to meet people’s resource needs. In combination with plantings of fruit trees, installation of community wells and other low-tech developments, forests can be restored, habitat for wildlife enhanced and people’s lives improved. In the process, newly planted trees will begin the process of sequestering carbon and improving hydrological benefits to surrounding areas. In time these new forests will also provide many other benefits by preventing erosion, improving soil health, lowering temperatures and providing regenerative resources for people. These areas will then once again become complex ecosystems capable of supporting a broad range of wildlife and other species while allowing sustainable livelihoods to develop.
A personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on our Malawi project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
Malawi’s forests are hugely diverse and a wide variety of tree species native to the region will be planted on this project. Some of these include indigenous hardwoods such as East African Mahogany, African Teak and several native Acacia species. Useful non-indigenous trees used for medicine, and fruit trees like Mango, Citrus and Pawpaw will also be planted. This project will focus on maximizing tree species diversity, while planting fruit and medicinal trees useful for the community.
Ranging across open savannah woodlands, Miombo and Mopane forests, Malawi contains a range of forest ecosystems that both wildlife and people depend on. And they need your help.
Nearly 96% of Malawi’s population depends on forests for their livelihoods, especially wood for basic fuel and heating. Meanwhile, with over 80% of the population dependent on agriculture, land is often cleared for crops. These factors together with a growing population challenge Malawi in transitioning to a forest-forward economy that balances the needs of people and nature. Recognizing this, Malawi’s government has taken important steps to combat deforestation by investing in long term natural resource management solutions to combat climate change, improve watersheds and develop sustainable livelihoods for the future.