Help communities plant trees in Amhara, Ethiopia

by WeForest


In Machakel wereda, a mere 8.61% of the land area is covered by forest. Here, villagers are at the heart of our restoration efforts, which takes a holistic approach in tackling environmental threats and promotes the resilience of local people. The strategy for combatting the soil degradation involves planting indigenous trees on community land, gullies, river banks and farmland with the potential for assisted natural regeneration in the future, and planting fruit and timber trees on farms.
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With 85% of the population of Ethiopia engaged in agriculture, there has been high conversion of forest to agriculture and, combined with the charcoal and fuelwood trade and timber harvesting for construction, this has caused widespread deforestation. As a result of forest clearance and poor land management, extensive erosion and gully formation have left soil fertility in decline. Local communities now struggle to grow crops and raise livestock.


Trees are grown at community based nurseries, with a preference for native species, to plant in degraded lands, farmland and grazing land. Planting takes place alongside soil restoration activities. On farmland animal grazing is controlled through the creation of 'no-go zones' to protect the growing forest. The top drivers of deforestation are addressed through the production of more efficient cooking stoves to replace charcoal, and the promotion of brick production to reduce timber use.

Long-Term Impact

Planting trees on farmland serves to increase food security and diversity. On grazing land the restoration efforts increase the land's productivity for communities. The project provides opportunities for local communities to diversify their income streams through the integration of sustainable livelihood elements and lifestyle changes, reducing pressure on forests.


Transforms landscapes for Climate, People, Planet

Organization Information


Location: Overijse - Belgium
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Eva Vogt
Overijse, Belgium

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