Tanzania

  • The Usambara mountains are home to many of Tanzania’s endemic species of wildlife. They are also a critical watershed for many villages and cities, including Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam. Despite this, the Usambara mountains have experienced some of the worst deforestation in the region as a rapidly growing population converted much of the land for agricultural use. For over 20 years, this deforestation has led to a loss of biodiversity habitat, increased regional drought and soil erosion, and destabilized water supply for surrounding communities.

  • This project engages local families in reforesting their region in order to stabilize the soil, regulate water supply, and protect wildlife habitat. By planting native tree species, including fruit trees, this project is conserving the biodiversity of the Usambara mountains and restoring balance to the local ecosystem. It’s also addressing the needs of the families who rely on the forest for food, water, and income. Our partners are working with the farmers to raise awareness about proper land management and agroforestry, meaning communities will benefit from these trees well into the future.
  • Tree Certificate TanzaniaA personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on our Tanzania project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • A variety of trees - fruit, timber, and indigenous shade trees - are grown on small plots of land in Tanzania. Species planted so far in this project include Grevillea robusta, Eucalyptus saligna, Pinus patula, Avocado, Plum, and Pitch trees. 

REFORESTATION IN TANZANIA

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From 2001 to 2017, Tanzania lost 2.19 million hectares of tree cover, equivalent to a 8.3% decrease since 2000. Loss of tree cover on Kilimanjaro and other East African mountains has been linked to lower rainfall patterns and increased temperatures. Wildfires are occurring more frequently on the mountain, accelerating the destruction of forests. Because there are now fewer trees to trap water from clouds, the annual amount of dew on the mountain is believed to have fallen by 25 per cent. Glaciers in the region have decreased by 80% since the 1990s.

Most of the population in these mountainous areas live and work on small farms. They will be hit first, and hardest, by the effects of climate disasters such as floods and wildfires. By working together with these communities, this project seeks to empower local people with education, tools, and economic incentives to make positive change, protect their future and save the unique mountain ecosystems in the region.

WHY PLANT TREES?

Plant Trees in Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Project by Andrew Mavinkovich

Empower local farmers

This project engages with local families and farmers, teaching them and raising awareness about how properly managed lands can benefit both them and the forest. 

Plant Trees in Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Project by Andrew Mavinkovich

Balance Fragile Ecosystems

The Usambara Mountains is one of the most ecological diverse regions in Africa. Planting trees allows local species to thrive, ensuring the region remains full of beautiful wildlife!

Plant Trees in Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Project by Andrew Mavinkovich

Protect water supply

The mountains in receive more rain than lowland areas and play a key role in capturing, storing and purifying water. Protect mountain forests, protect the region's water supply!

WANT TO GIVE MORE?

Start a fundraiser

Create an online fundraising page and get your friends & family involved. You can also fundraise on Facebook!
 

Become a regular donor

If once just ain't enough, you can set up a recurring donation to Tanzania or another region of your choice here

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Kenya
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