Our natural world is under huge threat from the climate crisis, deforestation and land degradation. Restoring and protecting our Earth’s vital ecosystems has never been more important.
Africa is the only continent where deforestation rates are not only increasing but are in fact four times the world average. It is also the continent most affected by desertification – the degradation of dryland areas. On top of this, the impacts of the climate crisis are causing land to degrade at an even more alarming rate.
As Africa’s drylands become more degraded and land loses its fertility, soil that was once rich in nutrients is no longer able to support crops and trees. People living here can’t grow enough food to eat and sell and poverty is increasing. Communities face a daily struggle for survival in one of the most challenging climates on Earth.
In Africa’s degraded ecosystems, soil that was once fertile is no longer able to support plant life. We support communities with training and tools to help them improve the productivity of the land and manage it in a way that stops more fertile soil being lost.
We share sustainable land management methods like digging zai pits – holes filled with compost that conserve water and nutrients. This training helps communities to restore degraded land today, and protect the land for the future.
The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is part of a bigger global movement of change. It fits in with existing movements and commitments such as the Great Green Wall and the Sustainable Development Goals – and Tree Aid is proud to be contributing both of these powerful initiatives.
Our work contributes to several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including goal 13 about climate action and goal 15 about managing life on land sustainably. We also work with the African Union and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification to grow the Great Green Wall.