working towards a sustainable future
This is the simple premise of the first, modest steps that the My Trees Trust set out to achieve in the face of a catastrophic loss of natural woodland in northern Zimbabwe.
After several months of living amongst impacted rural communities, before even planting a single tree, the team realised how much these woodlands were missed by those that remember them just a couple of brief decades ago, and how both old and young were keen to work with us to create a solution.
Since beginning work with rural communities in August 2019, we have planted 180,000 trees of new woodland whilst also securing of 120,000 ha of wilderness under new long-term leases in order to protect vulnerable habitat and restore once iconic wildlife populations.
We therefore now have a priceless opportunity: to increase the hundreds of acres we have planted this year and plant thousands next year and beyond. And expand the 120,000 ha of habitat that we are now protecting and preserve millions more in need of preservation.
Everything is possible! With the combined enthusiasm of rural communities and a motivated network of support, we look forward to creating a remarkable conservation story.
Planting indigenous trees
RESTORING, AND PROTECTING NATURAL WOODLAND
PROVIDING ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF INCOME AND SUSTAINABLE FUELS TO AFFECTED COMMUNITIES.
The Tipping Point
Zimbabwe’s indigenous woodland is in trouble. Up to 330,000 ha are lost every year and around 60,000 ha of this is due to tobacco production.
The Zimbabwe tobacco industry has committed millions of dollars to address this issue through the establishment of sustainable fuel sources but, in the meantime, our natural woodland continues to diminish. Until now, there has been no programme in place to restore the hundreds of thousands of hectares already lost.
Plant, Restore & Protect
My Trees aims to replant, restore, and protect indigenous forest across the country, and provide alternative sources of income to affected communities.
My Trees began in 2019. Funding for the pilot phase saw 180,000 planted. We now have capacity for 500,000 trees in our nurseries. 120,000 ha of intact wilderness area is now under protection in co-management with My Trees law enforcement and anti-poaching partners.