About Us

Our Team

Zachary Melanson

Communications Director

Co-Founder, and chief storyteller at Community Forests International, Zach works across the organization to bring the stories, ideas, and experiences from the grassroots fight against climate change to a wider audience. Photographer by training and tree planter by trade, Zach leads the ‘Plant for Pemba’ movement of Canadian tree planters driving climate change innovation in Zanzibar. He also recently produced the award-winning documentary Kokota: The Islet of Hope - the story of how one man sparked an island-wide movement to adapt and thrive in the face of climate change. Check out the trailer at