Trees for Zambia 2014

In 2012, Greenpop launched Trees for Zambia, a reforestation and eco-awareness project which began with a 3-week tree planting event and was followed by an ongoing campaign to inspire awareness about deforestation, climate change, tree planting, environmental sustainability and alternative energy sources. Each year now, the ongoing project is boosted with a Festival of Action in June/July where thousands of trees are planted by passionate people from all over the world. Environmental workshops are hosted with school children, farmers and volunteers and many lessons are learned and shared. Trees for Zambia is a holistic awareness campaign based on getting people active about making sustainable changes.
Huge shout-out to our valued 2013 GREENPOP ZAMBIA PARTNERS.
Photos from 2012 | Photos from 2013 | Summary of Festival of Action 2012 | Summary of Festival of Action 2013

This video, made by our partners Makhulu, shows what happened at the 2013 Festival of Action. Watch and join us in 2014. You can also watch our 2012 Trees for Zambia video here


What to do next:

1. Interested in attending Trees for Zambia 2014?

Be part of this ongoing eco drive! We have started planning for 2014 and have 1, 2 and 3 week options from 15 June to 7 July 2014. Please complete the form below and we’ll send you the details. People from African countries should email us for discounted prices in Rands zambia@greenpop.org Download this PDF with info on coming along.

2. Interested in supporting the project through buying trees or other means?

Please read below, use the ‘Gift Trees’ button to buy trees or email zambia@greenpop.org for a full sponsorship proposal and to discuss your involvement.

3. Trees for Fees

To keep Trees For Zambia up and running we need volunteers & we need trees – both are equally important to the project. We’ve launched a campaign which allows you to raise funds for trees on Greenpop’s behalf from anywhere in the world and get your fees for the project reduced or free. Become an activist, raise funds for trees and join us in Zambia in 2014. For full details please download this instruction document or email zambia@greenpop.org.


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Zambia – the challenges

Zambia has seen rampant deforestation in recent decades, mainly as a result of bad land management, slash and burn farming methods, unsustainable logging and tree cutting for charcoal. According to the UN-REDD programme, Zambia has approximately 50 million hectares of forest, with an estimated deforestation rate of 250,000 to 300,000 hectares per year. In an article published in The Zambia Daily Mail in July 2012 the Director of the Zambian Forestry Department, Mrs Anne Masinja, says,
“Management of the forest has been a challenge following massive deforestation due to charcoal burning, unsustainable agricultural and unsustainable land use practices. It is a pity that most of the people do not realise the harm they are causing to the environment due to careless cutting of trees. Loss of forests contributes as much as 30 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions each year and this is very dangerous, we need to do something to stop this.”

Read our Concept Note about the challenges and the Trees for Zambia project here.

Trees for Zambia – our aims

1. Create awareness around the deforestation issue and highlight grassroots solutions that can start being implemented
2. Develop a culture of planting trees within communities through conservation education, and by teaching people how to plant and look after trees
3. Highlight the global value of conserving the world’s natural forests
4. Promote and provide alternative energy sources, so that people can move away from the dependence on charcoal
5. Start reforestation in protected forest sites to replace the pioneer trees, allowing for new growth and regeneration of soil content
6. Educate children on their natural environment, and help feed them by planting fruit trees at under-privileged schools
7. Promote conservation farming methods to replace slash and burn techniques that will stop erosion and soil degradation, and create more cost-efficient farms
8. Start a micro tree nursery enterprise at a selected number of subsistence farms, so that we can provide farmers with an additional income by buying trees from them
9. Create an exciting and stimulating programme of practical work, lectures and workshops for local and international volunteers, through which they can educate themselves and be actively involved in environmental issues.

Support Trees for Zambia!

You can contribute to our project by gifting a tree – or lots of trees. Every tree counts! You’ll be assigned a tree in Zambia and sent its GPS coordinates! Click the ‘Gift Trees’ tab to purchase trees through the Greenpop website.

Get your company to support Trees for Zambia!

Are you a company interested in getting involved as part of your CSR programme on an ongoing basis or as a sponsor for the 2013 event? Find out what we can offer you in return by emailing zambia@greenpop.org.

Jan McAlpine, Director United Nations Forum on Forests, addresses Greenpop’s Trees for Zambia project and calls for sponsorships. If you are thinking of gifting trees to this project, watch this.

Trees for Zambia is the start of an ongoing campaign to make Zambia a greener and more sustainable place.





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