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The Sustainable Development Goals

Find out how Tree Aid is working towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

In 2015, the United Nations launched the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It calls for a partnership between all countries to tackle some of the world's most pressing issues including poverty, hunger, and the climate crisis. At the heart of the 2030 Agenda are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim to build a better and more sustainable future for all.

Women in northern Ghana holding hands and smiling in celebration after they finished planting trees in their community.

How is Tree Aid contributing to the SDGs?

At Tree Aid, all the work we do actively contributes to the SDGs. We work in the drylands of Africa — a place where millions of people's lives are devastated by hunger, poverty, and the climate crisis.

We work together with these communities to equip them with the tools and training they need to take the issues into their own hands. Led by local people, our projects are working towards the SDGs and helping to grow a better future for all.

Tree Aid is working towards...

Goal 1: No poverty

Our work tackles poverty by supporting people to protect their environment and restore their land. This means that that they can grow more trees, which provide a source of both food and income.

Our forest governance work in Burkina Faso is just one of many examples. Here, we support communities to gain access to forests and learn how to sustainably manage them. They can then use tree products for food and make things like shea butter can be sold to earn an income

Women from a shea enterprise group in Mali standing round a bowl of shea butter which is being stirred.

Goal 5: Gender equality

At Tree Aid, we work to support women in the drylands of Africa who often have limited access to healthcare, education and jobs.

Through our She Grows project in Mali, we are working with 1,000 women to train them to negotiate access to land and develop their own enterprises. Joining together with women in their village, they are learning to process and sell tree products like shea butter, helping them gain financial independence.

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Through our enterprise development work, we are supporting people across Africa to increase their incomes.

In Ghana, we are working with farmers in rural communities to develop cashew, legume and honey enterprises. With financial training and links to buyers, they can get a good price for their products and increase their household income.

Goal 13: Climate action

The trees we grow absorb carbon dioxide, a cause of the climate crisis. Trees also help build resilience to its effects. Their roots stabilise the soil and protect it from floods. Their canopies can help to protect communities and livestock from deadly heatwaves. And their fruits, nuts and leaves provide a reliable source of food and income when crops might fail.

In Ghana, we are working with communities along the Daka River to grow trees and restore the land. Through training and local radio broadcasts we are spreading awareness on the role of trees in building resilience to a changing climate.

Goal 15: Life on Land

Tree Aid is working to protect life on land by protecting and restoring land and forests. We are working to prevent land degradation and the loss of biodiversity and threatened animals and plants.

We are working with communities in Niger’s Park W to grow trees and sustainably manage the land. Not only will this support the people that rely on the land for food and income, but it will also help local flora and fauna to thrive.