Kenya is one of the least forested countries in Africa, with only 7% tree cover. That equates to just 67 trees per person, compared to the global average of 420. Agricultural expansion, timber harvesting and charcoal burning led to massive deforestation in the 20th Century.
Today, the remaining forests are vital resources locally, nationally and regionally. Dubbed ‘Water Towers’ because of their vital role in conserving rivers, lakes and drinking water, the five remaining highland forests are in need of restoration to bring them back to their former glory.
As we are nearing 100 years old, it’s fitting that we go back to where our story began, with Watu wa Miti, in Kenya – 1922.
20 Million Trees for Kenya’s Forests remains close to ITF’s values of working in partnership with community based organisations and listening to local community needs.