We campaign for forests to be managed by the people who depend on them. We work with communities and local governments so they can agree rules for using forests and their resources.
This ‘bottom-up’ approach puts local people in the driving seat of climate action, paving the way for lasting changes to the way forests are cared for, whilst protecting the rights of local and indigenous peoples.
Our forest governance approach is key to achieving the goals of our new strategy. By 2040, we want to see -
At Tree Aid, we know that we must put local people, particularly women, at the heart of all our work. Our forest governance work supports women to gain fair and equitable access to land and forests.
Women have significant potential to tackle the interlinked challenges of poverty, climate change and biodiversity loss. However, they face many challenges - high levels of unpaid work, unequal access to health and education, and insecure land rights.
Women are pioneers in the management of the forest, and represent a pool of vital knowledge. Since the conception of Africa’s Great Green Wall in 2007, women-led forest governance projects have spearheaded some of the most effective land restoration. When women step into leadership roles to manage their local forests, we see benefits not just for communities and the land, but for women themselves, with growing confidence and a sense of community.