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.
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.