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The Future Forest Appeal

Please note that this appeal is now closed and donations received after 11th July 2021 will not be doubled by the UK government.
£5 a month over the course of a year could provide a community along the Great Green Wall with six life-changing trees to provide and produce to sell all year round.
£8 a month over 12 months could provide a family with the tools they need in order to look after their trees, including watering cans, pruning tools, buckets and wheelbarrows.
£14 a month for a year could provide ‘grafting’ training for nine people. This technique enables trees to reach maturity sooner and give more fruit to eat.
£15 a quarter over the course of a year could provide a community with six life-changing trees that can give a family nutritious food and produce to sell all year round.
£24 a quarter over one year could provide a family with the tools they need to look after their trees, including watering cans, pruning tools, buckets and wheelbarrows.
£42 a quarter for a year could provide ‘grafting’ training for nine people. This technique enables trees to reach maturity sooner and give more fruit to eat.
£60 a year could provide a community with six life-changing trees that can give a family nutritious food and produce to sell all year round.
£96 a year could provide a family with the tools they need in order to look after their trees, including watering cans, pruning tools, buckets and wheelbarrows.
£170 a year could provide ‘grafting’ training for nine people. This technique enables trees to reach maturity sooner and give more fruit to eat.
£20 could plant two trees in Metema's frankincense forest and bring the forest back from the brink of extinction.
£50 could train someone to sustainably extract frankincense from trees, giving them a source of income.
£75 could provide community training in business skills to ensure they get the best price for their frankincense, giving them a source of income.

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Thanks to your generous support and match funding from the UK government, the Future Forest project will help to save a forest in Ethiopia from extinction, tackle the climate crisis and build a Great Green Wall to stop the advancing desert.

Please note that this appeal is now closed and donations received after 11th July 2021 will not be doubled by the UK government. 

Saving Metema forest

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."

Through the Future Forest project, we will work with people like Derese in northern Ethiopia to protect trees, restore land and save the Metema forest from extinction. Together we will work to tackle the climate crisis and build a Great Green Wall to stop the advancing desert.

Derese standing on degraded land in his community

Why we need your support

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.

Derese standing and smiling in front of his home in Ethiopia

“My message for people supporting this initiative is that your support will have a generational impact on people and the environment they live in." Derese, Metema, Ethiopia

Read Derese's story

The power of frankincense

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.

Brothers Sied and Yiman holding frankincense that they have extracted from trees in their local Metema forest

Thank you

Thank you for your generous donations to the Future Forest appeal. All eligible public donations to the appeal between 12th April - 11th July 2021 were doubled by the UK government through the UK Aid Match scheme.

Your donations will contribute to the Great Green Wall movement across Africa to tackle poverty and the climate crisis. The UK government’s match funding will fund the project in Metema, Ethiopia, working with communities to tackle the climate crisis and generate a sustainable income from trees.