Tanzania

  • Mount Kilimanjaro – the “rooftop of Africa” – is the highest freestanding mountain in the world. The mountain’s forests are a vital source of water for the surrounding region, feeding into one of Tanzania’s major rivers, the Pangani. These forests are declining at a rapid rate, as millions of trees are cut for firewood, charcoal, and agriculture each year. Recent studies show that this has a direct effect on Kilimanjaro’s glaciers and rainfall patterns in the region. Planting trees here will help restore balance to the climate and combat poverty in rural communities through the use of a brand new tree-tracking mobile app.

    Photos by Andrew Mavinkovich & David Wilfred, Sky Studios, Arusha.
  • This project engages local villagers in reforesting their region in order to stabilize weather patterns and save the glacier on Mount Kilimanjaro. To do this, our amazing partners at Greenstand and the Kilimanjaro Project are working together to empower planters with the TreeTracker app. This open source app allows planters to geo-tag and time-stamp photos of their planting efforts, allowing greater transparency for organizations and donors. For local planters living below the poverty line, there is an economic incentive to use the app. Not only are they paid for planting, but they are incentivized to continue caring for and monitoring trees through the app – encouraging an ongoing relationship between planter and sapling, and opening up a sustainable, long-term source of income.
  • 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 in a mixed-crop manner on small plots of land in Tanzania. Species planted so far in this project include Grevillea robusta (Silky Oak), Casaurina (She-oak), Pinus pendula (Pine), Avocado, Fig, Soap-Nut and Lolliondo. 

REFORESTATION IN TANZANIA

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.

SEE GLOBAL FOREST WATCH MAP
Kilimanjaro Project by Andrew Mavinkovich
Kilimanjaro Project by Andrew Mavinkovich
Kilimanjaro Project by Andrew Mavinkovich

Photos above and below by Andrew Mavinkovich for the Kilimanjaro Project.

WHY PLANT TREES?

Plant Trees in Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Project by Andrew Mavinkovich

Empower local farmers

The TreeTracker app helps local planters get paid for their efforts and encourages a long-term relationship between individuals and the trees they're planting – both economically and environmentally.

Plant Trees in Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Project by Andrew Mavinkovich

Stabilize climate

Increasing tree cover on Mt Kilimanjaro will help stabilize rainfall patterns and regulate the climate, lessening the impact of drought, wildfires, and other natural disasters.

Plant Trees in Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Project by Andrew Mavinkovich

Protect water supply

The mountains in East Africa 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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MORE PLACES WE PLANT:

Kenya
Haiti
Rwanda