Through partnerships with other organizations our dream is becoming a reality. We have partnered with Trees for the Future and Greener Ethiopia to help establish a nursery and facilitate the tree planting. Since 1989, Trees for the Future has been helping communities around the world plant trees. Through seed distribution, agroforestry training, and our country programs, we have empowered rural groups to restore tree cover to their lands. In Ethiopia, TREES partnered with Greener Ethiopia and raised over 4 million seedlings that were distributed to local farmers through community institutions in the Guraghe Zone. Nearly 1500 hectares of degraded lands were replenished. The tree species raised in 2008 included Juniperus procera, Podocarpus graciliour, Cordia africa, Grevillea robusta, Acacia spp. Coffee arabica, Calliandra spp, Leucaena spp, Cassia fistula, Spatodia linotica, Tephrosia, Sesbanea sesban, Pigeon pea, Apple, Mango, and Jatropha. TREES and GE have received widespread support from the Ethiopian government, the community, and local businesses.
Ethiopian Airlines, a major African Airline, has supported the planting of 2 million trees via TREES and GE. In addition, Ethiopian Airlines sponsored a photography exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Gebre Kirstos Desta Center in Addis Ababa to help raise awareness about deforestation.
The Benefits of Canopy Restoration
Restoring the canopy in Ethiopia will remove millions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, reduce erosion, stop flooding, bring plant and animal life into balance and renew livelihoods. Most of the wood that is cut in Ethiopia is used for cooking, heating and for dwellings. Burning wood for cooking is unhealthy to mothers and their young children who inhale the smoke. Educating citizens on sustainability, particularly those who have relied on wood products for their daily needs, is a key element to protecting young trees that have been planted.