This thick forested island in Kenya is the largest fragment of coastal forest left in East Africa and home to 230 bird species, 350 butterfly species, and 50 mammal species.
Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve This thick forested island in Kenya is the largest fragment of coastal forest left in East Africa and home to 230 bird species, 350 butterfly species, and 50 mammal species. © Roshni Lodhia

Plant a Billion

Africa

Curtailing the World’s Highest Deforestation Rate

Africa’s forests face many threats, including shifting agricultural practices and unsustainable wood fuel extraction for the 80 percent of households in sub-Saharan Africa that rely on firewood or charcoal for cooking.

However, African countries have committed to the world’s most ambitious forest landscape restoration targets and TNC is committed to helping nations reach their goals.

We’re working with partners and applying science and technology to plant the right trees in the right places, including mangroves on Kenya’s North Coast and timber and fruit trees in western Tanzania’s Mahale ecosystem, home to the 93% of the country’s endangered chimpanzees.

Upper Tana Watershed
More than 25,000 farmers in this region participate in water- and soil-conservation methods through the Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund.
Greater Mahale Ecosystem
This forest provides critical habitat for 93% of Tanzania’s endangered chimpanzees.
Lamu County
We’re using science to help communities plant the right types of mangroves in the right place at the right time.
Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve
We’re working with community forest associations to restore & conserve the natural forest, and to plant trees for sustainable timber supply, reducing pressure on the natural forest
Coastal Tanzania
We’re using science to help communities plant the right types of mangroves in the right place at the right time.

Planting Trees Across Africa Explore the map by clicking on locations to learn more about our planting sites.