Tanzania

Between 2001 and 2020 Tanzania lost 2,695,272 hectares of tree cover.

Why restore in Tanzania?

Planting trees in Tanzania is important for several reasons:

1. Biodiversity Conservation: Trees provide habitat for wildlife, preserving Tanzania's unique ecosystems.

2. Climate Change Mitigation: Trees absorb carbon dioxide, helping combat global warming.

3. Soil Erosion Control: Tree roots prevent soil erosion, protecting fertile land.

4. Water Resource Management: Trees regulate water cycles, improving water quality and reducing flood risks.

5. Livelihoods: Tree planting programs create income opportunities and sustainable resources.

6. Land Restoration: Trees can revive degraded land, enhancing fertility and productivity.

7. Food Security: Fruit and nut trees provide nutritious food sources.

8. Sustainable Agriculture: Agroforestry practices improve soil and crop yields.

9. Tourism and Culture: Trees enhance Tanzania's natural beauty, supporting tourism and cultural values.

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How we started

Tanzania faces severe climate change impacts, notably the melting of Mt. Kilimanjaro's ice cap. Streams from this area flow into the Pangani River Basin, where millions depend on agriculture and fisheries for their livelihoods, threatened by climate change.

Our partner, Planta Mi Árbol, has been working with Tanzanian farmers since 2004, focusing on empowering women. The Pangani River Basin, home to unique biodiversity and communities, is a key area of their efforts.

Through sustainable agriculture training, farmers here double crop yields and plant over a million trees annually. Simultaneously, communities are fostering environmental stewardship and neighborly bonds through "Redemptive Agriculture."

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Where we're working

Our partner’s journey began in Tanzania with a focus on the Kilimanjaro region. Mt. Kilimanjaro, a vital environmental and biodiversity hotspot in Africa, supports diverse communities, particularly rural farming families on its lower slopes, who rely on a healthy environment for their survival.

Our partner’s efforts later extended to the watersheds atop the South Pare mountains, where the forests play a crucial role in the lives of thousands of families and the broader ecosystem. Looking ahead, they have plans for further expansion into the Pangani River Basin, which stretches from Mt. Kilimanjaro to the Indian Ocean.

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Our progress to date

Planta Mi Árbol has made a significant impact with its initiatives. These efforts have positively impacted the lives of 139 participating families, benefiting 648 individuals in total.