1 MILLION TREES
Help us to restore damaged rainforest and protect critical orangutan habitat, by planting 1 million trees by 2025.
96,302 trees planted of 1,000,000 target
For just £2 we will plant, monitor and protect 1 tree to help nature thrive in Borneo
One million trees will help restore a critical peat-swamp forest in Borneo, home to the world’s largest protected population of orangutans. We aim to grow, plant, monitor and protect 1 million trees by 2025, sequestering carbon to lead the fight against climate change and protecting a vast biodiversity-rich rainforest.
Much of Borneo’s peat-swamp forests have been drained and degraded by human activity, which causes the peat to dry out and become highly flammable. In 2015, forest fires erupted near our long-term research camp and burned for weeks on end. Vast areas of forest and wildlife were lost, the health impacts for local people were huge, and extensive carbon stores were released into the global atmosphere.
For us, we knew we had to step up and do more to prevent these devastating fires. After extensive research and small-scale reforestation efforts, we started our community seedling nursery project in 2018. We give young seedlings to community groups to grow on their land, train them to be expert nursery managers, give them resources to manage their seedlings, and then we buy them back when they are ready to plant. This way, the community gain additional income and are involved in all stages of the tree planting process, motivating them to protect their natural environment. We also work with local women’s groups to make organic polybags, which has improved planting success and reduced plastic usage.
Today we have 10 community nurseries with 86 local families working in them, and have planted 96,302 seedlings so far. This may seem like a lot, but there is a long way to go to reach our 1 million target. To do this we will establish 15 more community nurseries, taking us to a total of 25 nurseries and benefiting over 500 people who will learn new skills and gain green job opportunities.
Every donation will help us plant more trees to restore Borneo’s tropical rainforests and empower local people, creating a better future for endangered wildlife, indigenous communities and the global climate. In return for your support, you will receive a thank you e-certificate with the number of trees you have planted and regular campaign updates.
1 MILLION TREES