Replant, restore, and protect indigenous forest across Zimbabwe
My Trees aims to replant, restore, and protect indigenous forest across the country, and provide alternative sources of income to affected communities. My Trees began in 2019. Funding for the pilot phase has seen 180,000 trees planted with capacity to now scale up to 200,000 trees planted per annum. 120,000 ha of intact wilderness area is now under protection in co-management with My Trees law enforcement and anti-poaching partners.
Zimbabwe’s indigenous woodland is in trouble. Up to 330,000 hectares of forest are lost every year and around 60,000 hectares of this is due to tobacco production. The Zimbabwe tobacco industry has committed millions of dollars to address this issue through the establishment of sustainable fuel sources but, in the meantime, our natural woodland continues to diminish. Until now, there has been no programme in place to restore the hundreds of thousands of hectares already lost. My Trees provides a viable solution to this forest loss and has a proven track record of planting trees and protecting woodland in Zimbabwe.