This is an evolving page covering reforestation (including “Permaculture food forests”) initiatives around the world, as they receive new emphasis and urgency in relation to runaway climate change.  Please send suggestions for this page.

Overview from The Tree Conference

Tree Sisters (

TreeSisters is a global network of women who donate monthly to fund the restoration of our tropical forests as a collective expression of planetary care. As a feminine leadership and tropical reforestation organisation, we exist to call forth the brilliance and generosity of women everywhere and channel it towards the trees. Our goal is to make it as normal for everyone to give back to nature as it currently is to take nature for granted. read more…

Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis (Guardian article)

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.

As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global heating. New research estimates that a worldwide planting programme could remove two-thirds of all the emissions that have been pumped into the atmosphere by human activities, a figure the scientists describe as “mind-blowing”.   read more…

Friends of Trees (Portland and Eugene, Oregon)

Friends of Trees recognizes that not everyone has equal access to the benefits of trees
and healthy urban green spaces. As a community-driven organization we strive to foster an
atmosphere of inclusion and support so that we continue to build places that are safer and
healthier for all. We accomplish this through authentic community conversation; unique
partnerships; relevant programming; and attracting and retaining diverse staff and supporters. read more…

Tree people – Los Angeles Tree Planting Community

TreePeople inspires and supports the people of LA to come together to plant and care for trees, harvest the rain, and renew depleted landscapes. We unite with communities to grow a greener, shadier and more water-secure city at homes, neighborhoods, schools and in the local mountains. We work with volunteer leaders using our unique Citizen Forester model, and we influence government agencies for a healthy, thriving Los Angeles.

Born from the efforts of a teenager over 40 years ago, we have involved more than 3 million people in planting and caring for more than 3 million trees.  Tree People Fact Sheet read more…

Wangari Maathai – Founder of the Green Belt Movement, planter of trees, global pathfinder, and winner of the Nobel Prize

Wangari Maathai (1940-2011) was the founder of the Green Belt Movement and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. She authored four books: The Green Belt Movement; Unbowed: A Memoir; The Challenge for Africa; and Replenishing the Earth. As well as having been featured in a number of books, she and the Green Belt Movement were the subject of a documentary film, Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari Maathai (Marlboro Productions, 2008).

Wangari Muta Maathai was born in Nyeri, a rural area of Kenya (Africa), in 1940. She obtained a degree in Biological Sciences from Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas (1964), a Master of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh (1966), and pursued doctoral studies in Germany and the University of Nairobi, before obtaining a Ph.D. (1971) from the University of Nairobi, where she also taught veterinary anatomy. The first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree, Professor Maathai became chair of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy and an associate professor in 1976 and 1977 respectively. In both cases, she was the first woman to attain those positions in the region.  read more…

The Ancient Moroccan Food Forest That Inspired an Agricultural Revolution (Article) 

It was 1975 and Geoff Lawton was wintering with friends in Morocco. Camping on beaches north of Agadir, they’d been surfing for weeks when locals told them about Paradise Valley. Located along the Tamraght River in the High Atlas Mountains, it promised 5,200-foot vistas, blue-green waterfalls, and lush, rainforest-like vegetation.

[Along the way to visit this unusual place, Lawton discovers a roadside wood.]

Stepping inside, things got stranger. The air felt cool, almost misty. Growing in the shade of tall date palms were trees, vines, and shrubs bearing bananas, tamarinds, oranges, figs, guavas, pomegranates, lemons, limes, mulberries, carobs, quince, grapes, and other fruits and nuts. Following a footpath through the grassy understory past groves of olive and argan trees, Lawton discovered a cluster of fenced-in vegetable and herb gardens—most about a quarter-acre in size. Here and there, goats were tethered to posts. Chickens clucked through the underbrush and roosted in trees. Gazing down a leafy corridor, he spotted a man leading a donkey. Its saddlebags brimmed with produce. read more…

The Trillion Trees Collaboration

Trillion Trees is a collaboration between three of the world’s largest conservation organisations, founded on a vision of a world where tree cover is expanding not shrinking. By working together, we are leveraging our large networks and decades of experience towards a common goal. To close the gap between aspirational commitments and the reality on the ground, our dedicated team develops ideas into opportunities and connects them to funders. Our ventures are protecting and restoring forests for the benefit of people, wildlife and a stable climate, and inspiring sectoral change.  Reversing global deforestation: the right trees in the right places.   read more…

More Links:

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Regreening the desert with John D. Liu

Brazilian Photographer Plants 2.7 Million Trees In A 20-Year Reforestation Project