With over 45% of Mozambique's population living beneath the poverty line, communities rely heavily on natural resources and forests.
Why restore in Mozambique?
Mozambique is home to extensive biodiversity and varying landscapes with forests at the core of its social, environmental, and economic well-being. However, more than 8 million hectares of forest (over 30,000 square miles) have been destroyed. Cyclones, floods, cutting down trees for firewood and charcoal, clearing large areas for farmland, and commercial logging are the leading causes of deforestation in Mozambique.
45% of the population
living under the poverty line
8 million+ hectares deforested
an area the size of Portugal
How we started
In 2018, we began exploring potential reforestation project sites near Mozambique’s capital in Maputo with a vision to bring back the vitality of the forests that fringe the rivers and coastline in Southern Mozambique. A large area along the coast that had been stripped of its mangrove ecosystem was identified as our starting point. With a seed source and a local workforce in place, the reforestation program launched. In the first three months of planting, over 280,000 mangrove trees were planted by the local workforce.
Where we're working
- Southern tip of Mozambique, in close proximity to Maputo
- Mangrove restoration and reforestation
- Provide stability against erosion and improve ocean and coral reef health
Our progress to date
We are planting in 38 sites in Mozambique. Our restoration program’s work in Mozambique helps protect coastal communities from environmental disasters, improve fisheries, remove carbon from the atmosphere, and increase biodiversity while addressing the urgent need for fair wage employment.
employed in underserved geographies