Between 12th April – 12th July 2021, Tree Aid collaborated with UK Aid Match to run the Future Forest appeal. This appeal’s aim was to raise funds to support communities in Ethiopia with the tools and training needed to sustainably manage the frankincense trees, protecting them for the future.
The response from our supporters blew everyone away! The campaign raised more than we thought possible: a whopping £1,183,066 – including £530,756 of match funding from the UK government. Thanks to the incredible amount raised, we are now able to up-scale the Future Forest project and support more people in the Metema region of Ethiopia.
Solomon, a Tree Aid project Participant said: ‘I believe that I have a bright future, my livelihood will improve, and I will lead my life in a better way.’
Now, thanks to your support, the Future Forest project will expand and continue to support people like Soloman and his family.
By working with communities and leaders within Burkina Faso, a whopping 9,919 hectares of degraded land is now under sustainable management. This means that land around the size of 12 football pitches that was once unusable will be able to sustain life again.
One of the main goals for BC1 was to increase household incomes and therefore reduce the number of people living in poverty in the region. We’re over the moon to announce that by the end of the project, there was a 161% increase in average annual household income for communities in Burkina Faso. Excitingly, this contributed to a significant reduction in households living in extreme poverty in the region! We also found that the project helped to considerably lower undernourishment and chronic malnutrition in the region, especially in children under 5.
This ambitious work-in-progress envisions an unprecedented collaboration of African nations to restore land and plant trees across the entire width of the continent – and it is already breathing life back into Africa’s degraded land, so that the people can reclaim it and thrive.
Earlier in the year, Tree Aid CEO Tom Skirrow spoke of how he is ‘proud to head an organization offering positive, effective, and lasting solutions’ to the climate crisis, like the Great Green Wall.’
The Great Green Wall initiative has restored and protected land the size of 265,000 football pitches. Working with communities, 22 million trees have been grown in the Sahel. These remarkable figures mean that millions of people in the Sahel can better provide for their families. Equally, this carbon dioxide-absorbing wall is a major tool in the battle against climate change.
‘The change will be to see a greener Africa!’ - Tree Aid’s Director of Operations, Georges Bazongo.
We’re certainly excited to see the impact our projects will have, contributing to this inspiring movement in 2022.
Tree Aid’s Director of Operations, Georges Bazongo – who attended the conference, as a Burkina Faso national delegate - shared his reflections.
Generally, he was left feeling pretty optimistic, as nature and the development of natural resources were recognized as crucial tools in climate action.
There were also commitments made to help those on the frontline of the climate crisis; those who are directly affected by its consequences. This includes the $2 Billion pledge by world leaders to restore 100 million hectares of land in Africa and a $1 Billion donation from the Bezos Foundation towards for African-led initiatives, like the Great Green Wall.
This money will go on to support communities in Africa and will be especially felt in regions like the Sahel, where we work.