Deforestation is having devastating effects for millions of people living in the drylands of Africa. That's why we work with local people to protect and manage forests for now, and for the future.
Deforestation is when trees are cut down to clear land and make room for something other than forests, like farmland for animals or crops. Trees that are cut down are often sold as building materials, firewood or charcoal.
But without new trees being planted, the land can suffer. With no trees to stabilise the soil, the land is rapidly degrading and essential nutrients that help crops grow are being lost.
Local people can no longer grow enough food and many are forced to migrate in search of a better life.
Protected habitats are destroyed and wildlife is forced into villages in search of food, causing an increase in human-wildlife conflict where animals destroy crops, cattle and homes.
That’s why we are working to reduce deforestation and promote reforestation across Africa’s drylands.
We campaign for forests to be managed by local people who depend on them for food and income. We work with local people, organisations and policymakers, to limit damaging practices, like clearing of forests for farms, and help to agree rules for using forests and their resources.
With management of forests placed into the hands of the community, they can then protect existing trees, and grow even more. This means they can improve the soil quality for better harvests and create a more stable environment for years to come.
Our reforestation work is also part of a bigger movement. Every tree or forest that we plant or protect contributes to the Great Green Wall initiative. This African-led movement aims to grow an 8,000km natural world wonder across the entire width of Africa.
Tree Aid grows one tree every 19 seconds for the Great Green Wall, helping to grow better futures for millions of people living in poverty.