Ethiopia Rift Valley
Ethiopia, Rift Valley started 2010 Completed
To restore 325 ha of the native forest, local communities planted 1,624,970 trees to alleviate poverty and environmental degradation. Single mothers and AIDS widows were given job opportunities in planting and forestry, gaining income and new skills. Many of the seeds planted around the forest were intended to directly benefit the local population through improved access to food and the potential for income generation. Tree planting also helped to promote biodiversity and reduce soil erosion.