Mission, Values and Strategy


Our new Growing Together Strategy is first and foremost a reflection of growing community led action to protect, restore and care for the environment and sustain livelihoods in response to deforestation, land degradation and climate shocks.
We need our remaining forests more than ever and to restore much of what has already been lost.

We have four strategic aims which are delivered through sustainable forestry programmes with local partners in the UK and Africa, with plans to expand into Asia and the Caribbean:

  • Education: Foster an understanding of the amenity, ecological and economic value of trees.
  • Livelihoods: Enable communities to develop and restore sustainable and productive landscapes through tree cultivation.
  • Environment: Increase tree cover, promote reforestation and appropriate tree cultivation.
  • Capacity Building: Build capacity in community organisations to advocate, share knowledge and implement community based forestry and agroforestry.


Our mission is to protect, plant, cultivate and promote trees in partnership with local communities in ways which support the:

  • conservation of trees, forests, associated biodiversity and indigenous knowledge about the wise and sustainable use of trees, plants, soils, water and other natural resources;
  • advocacy and promotion of public awareness of both local and global environmental and socio-economic issues created by deforestation and unsustainable agriculture and the potential of trees to rehabilitate degraded land, generate livelihood benefits and combat climate change;
  • building of the capacity of local communities to increase their resilience to environmental degradation and climate shocks through supporting the establishment of community-led natural resource management strategies;
  • improvement of livelihoods in rural communities through the sustainable use of forests and forest products, especially through the cultivation and use of traditional foods and medicines to improve food security, nutrition, and health;
  • adoption of agro-ecology and agroforestry practices to develop sustainable agricultural systems that generate income, create jobs and business opportunities;
  • development of socially and environmentally desirable local governance and community by-laws which meet the needs and aspirations of local communities, while contributing to the formulation of more effective national and regional policies.


All of our work is guided and informed by distinctive values:

  • Partnership: ITF seeks to develop respectful, equitable and sustainable partnerships with the organisation’s it supports. We will provide a page for each of our partners on our website and publish project reports in our e-bulletin and on our website.
  • Accessibility: ITF seeks to make its grants programmes and application processes accessible to both new and smaller organisations that may not have a lot of experience of applying for and securing funding
  • Transparency: ITF will be open about its grant assessment criteria and award processes. We will provide information about the sources of the funds for the programmes.
  • Ethics: ITF seeks to promote and uphold ethical relationships between people, the natural environment and wildlife. We seek to support projects that promote the equal participation of both men and women, comply with international guidance on child labour, and ensure animal welfare.
  • Self-evaluation and assessment: ITF supports funded organisations to develop and build their capacity to evaluate and assess the effectiveness and impact of their projects. We will provide easy-to-use monitoring and evaluation tools. We expect our partners to provide accurate and honest information about the progress of their project, and to be open about any challenges experienced.
  • Learning and sharing: ITF seeks to maximise opportunities for our partner organisations to share their experiences and learn from both each other and good practice from other initiatives – through our website, e-newsletter and where possible, participatory workshops.
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