ABOUT THE PROJECT
The drivers of forest degradation in Sub-Saharan Africa are multiple and compounding. From unregulated logging (often by foreign companies) to clearing for cash crops, to overuse of trees for fuel, human activity is putting increasing and devastating pressure on forest ecosystems.
For this reason, our Forests for Life programme seeks not only to restore forest ecosystems through planting trees but also to provide additional interventions which address these contextual drivers. By providing training in practices such as alternative livelihoods, woodlot management, and farmer-managed natural regeneration, alongside reforestation, our programme aims to decrease pressure on stressed ecosystems while assisting in accelerating their recovery.
The recent study, published in the journal Science, entitled, The global tree restoration potential, states, “This highlights global tree restoration as our most effective climate change solution to date… Our results highlight the opportunity of climate change mitigation through global tree restoration but also the urgent need for action.”
In an article written about the new study by Damian Carrington in The Guardian, he says. “Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas.”
“This new quantitative evaluation shows [forest] restoration isn’t just one of our climate change solutions, it is overwhelmingly the top one,” said Prof Tom Crowther at the Swiss university ETH Zürich, who led the research.
At Greenpop, we envision a world where green spaces and green living are POPular and accessible to everyone. We’re on a mission to plant trees, green communities and empower environmental stewards across southern Africa.
We work to restore ecosystems and empower environmental stewards through reforestation, urban greening, sustainable development, and environmental art projects across Sub- Saharan Africa.
Greenpop was founded in 2010 and has since planted over 130,000 trees and inspired over 132,000 active citizens across South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania.
Greenpop Foundation NPC is a registered non-profit organisation and can issue a donation receipt for your tax deduction at the end of the tax year.
Registration Number (NPO): 151-411 NPO
Public Benefit Organisation Number: 930050622