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Community Nurseries

Growing future forests

The Coastal Forest of Eastern Africa is rated first worldwide for ecological diversity and 8th most endangered. 40% of this forest type is found in the coastal regions of Zanzibar. We’ve worked with Community Forests Pemba and local community leaders to establish community-owned and operated tree nurseries that grow over 30 different species of trees for ecosystem restoration, food production and income generation.

Depending on the region and community needs, these nurseries grow seedlings for spice forests, ecosystem restoration, fruit, or a mix. Tree species include cloves, palm, jackfruit, almond, mango, soursop, avocado, papaya, casuarina, eucalyptus and much more.


Planting trees is only the first step, though! Tree planting only works if it also works for the communities in which projects are based. That’s why we plant forests that serve a variety of community needs, including food production and income generation. The ownership of land on which a new forest grows is also fundamental to the success of any tree planting investment, and if the status of the land is not secure, the future of the forest will always be uncertain. To ensure that new forests are protected from intense harvesting, we facilitate community conservation agreements with local governments.