What you are about to do will help save a forest from the brink of extinction. With your support, we can work with communities to protect their forest to tackle the climate crisis and contribute to the Great Green Wall across Africa.
Donate before 11th July and your gift will be doubled by the UK government, meaning you can have double the impact.
With your support, we can work with communities in northern Ethiopia to protect trees, restore land and save the Metema forest from extinction. Together we can tackle the climate crisis and build a Great Green Wall to stop the advancing desert.
Through the Future Forest appeal you can stand with people like Derese, helping them to save the forest so they can live from its trees for years to come. In his lifetime Derese has already seen huge changes in the environment and worries for the future, "I sometimes think that this area will be turned into desert and might not be able to support life in the near future."
Across the drylands of Africa people are living on the frontline of the climate crisis. Temperatures are rising, trees are disappearing, the land is becoming infertile and the desert is spreading. People can’t grow enough food to feed their families and are being plunged deeper into poverty.
The Metema forest in northern Ethiopia is in the last green belt before the start of the desert. But without action, it could be extinct within 20 years. This will have a devastating impact on communities who rely on the forest for food and income. There will be no buffer between them and the encroaching desert.
The Metema forest is extra special because of its frankincense trees which provide a lifeline for local communities. In Ethiopia, families can sell frankincense resin for use in essential oils around the world, to make an income.
Frankincense trees also boost soil fertility, are drought-hardy and can survive when other crops fail, helping families build resilience to the climate crisis. With tools and training, people can learn more sustainable ways to harvest frankincense while protecting their forest for the future.