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Community Forests International works in Canada and Zanzibar to help protect and restore forests, support communities adapt to climate change, build economic prosperity, and champion gender and social equity.
We know that fostering strong relationships between people and forests is critical for a safe future. Our solutions always benefit both forests and the people directly connected to them. Community Forests International believes the most important climate solutions can be found wherever people live and work closely with forests.
Community Forests International was created in 2006 when Mbarouk Mussa Omar, a community activist on Pemba Island, Zanzibar, befriended a Canadian tree-planter who was traveling in the region. Their vision to bring back the region’s forests and help communities adapt to climate change sparked an island-wide movement based on respect, trust and friendship that continues to this day. The success of these grassroots efforts inspired Community Forests International to open an office in New Brunswick in 2010.
We know that fostering strong relationships between people and forests is critical to ensuring a climate-secure future — whether on the islands of Zanzibar, the coast of Mozambique, or the Canadian Maritimes. While the special regions we work in are home to different ecosystems and unique challenges, our solutions always benefit both forests and the people directly connected to them.
From restoring degraded lands for immediate environmental and economic benefits, protecting forests for long-term ecosystem and livelihood benefits, to supporting climate-adaptive practices, markets, and innovations intended to enhance livelihoods in the face of climate change — the solutions we work to support and build always center environmental and community resilience.
Browse our annual reports to learn about the meaningful impact of our work over the past ten years and the proven pathways to resilience that are increasingly needed in so many at-risk communities at the center stage of climate impacts today.
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For over 10 years we have been empowering rural communities to thrive with forests. Check out some of our impact to date:
Co-creating solutions for people and the planet.
Protecting endangered forests by holding them in trust.
Planting back lost forests for future generations.
Supporting climate-smart innovation.