Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

  • The need for reforestation is global and always changing, so here is where we highlight where trees are most needed now. Every month a new project is selected so you can make the best possible impact. Our current spotlight initiative is planting fruit trees in India. India is recognized as one of seventeen "Megadiverse" countries in the world, home to 8% of the world's flora and fauna.

  • This tree-planting project will establish a healthy tree canopy and make a measurable impact for local communities who will benefit from access to nutritious fruit and income if they sell the fruit. The pollutants captured by each tree will also improve health, providing oxygen and fresh air for the communities they surround. Thank you so much for your support of healthy forests and communities! 🌲 

  • These fruit trees will help small and marginalized farmers increase their families' nutrition and income, while fighting pollution, conserving water, and preventing soil erosion.

    Three years after planting, each fruit tree will help generate additional income at an average of US$10 per tree per year. These trees will considerably reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty in the villages and communities where they are planted.


  • A personalized tree certificate 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.

  • India's megadiverse forests contain thousands of species, but this project will focus specifically on fruit trees that will thrive in harmony with existing ecosystems. Species include Mangifera indica, Psidium guajava, Artocarpus heterophyllus, Prunus domestic, Prunus persica, Prunus armeniaca, Musa, Citrus lemon, Phyllanthus emblica, Punica granatum, Syzygium cumini, Moringa oleifera, Annona reticulata, Limonia acidissima, and Carica papaya. 


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Despite the importance of India's diverse forests for ecosystem services, wildlife and the livelihoods of millions of people, forests have been severely depleted across the country. A huge push for economic development in the last decade has seen a rise in industrial projects, at the expense of forests and forest lands. According to government data, 14,000 square kilometres of forests were cleared to make way for thousands of industrial projects over the past 30 years. 

Today less than a quarter of the countries' geographic area is under forest cover. However, India's forest cover is slowly rebounding. The government has pledged to several commitments to restoring deforested and degraded landscapes, such as the Bonn Challenge. Furthermore, India is increasingly focusing on incorporating local communities into forest management. Given the livelihood benefits forests provide local communities this is good news in the push to get more trees in the ground and green India.


Dig deeper into what we're doing in India.

Indian woman


Planting fruit trees is an investment in the future of the environment and in healthy, sustainable food choices. Each tree we plant in India will provide at least $10 USD in food and nutrition each year, with a cumulative value of 5 million dollars garnered over the next 50-60 years.



A mature tree can sequester up to 48 pounds of carbon per year. India suffers some of the worst air quality in the world, so planting trees is particularly useful in filtering and improving air quality. Trees actively help mitigate climate change as well through carbon sequestration.

Local Indian fruit


According to scientists, India has lost 40% of its natural forest cover in the last 95 years. Driven by mining, agriculture and urbanization, this profound forest loss can be remedied by reforestation. Restoring forests will improve the lives of the estimated 275 million Indians that depend on them.

Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action
Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water
Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land


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