In India, One Man Creates a Forest

Standing in a sun-scorched arid stretch of land he had newly bought, Abdul Karim made himself a promise, "I will turn this ochre expanse green." The land where he stood is on India's west coast near the Arabian Sea, in the Kasargod district of Kerala State. Nineteen years later as he walks through that land, there is the twitter of birds in the air scented with the fragrance of wild flowers. Karim has kept his promise, creating a whole forest out of nothing. The rustic undergraduate, who had worked in a Mumbai (Bombay) dockyard and run a travel agency, was 29 years old when he returned to his native Kasargod. It was a call of the wild - he had always wanted to live in a forest of his own. Four years later, Karim dug a pond in his plot and the villagers were amazed to find plenty of water in it. It was the first time someone had struck water in that part of the village. But Karim knew, from his feel for nature, that there would be water if there were trees. The deciduous trees he grew were the kind that drink in water during the rains and release it to the earth during summer. The leaves they shed helped replenish the groundwater level. Karim says it is the fallen leaves which were responsible for raising the water table. "Even in reserve forests you will not find so much leaf deposit since many people collect and sell the leaves as manure," he says. "But I don't allow a single leaf to be removed from here." The leaves let rain water seep into the ground. Water rippling in the pond encouraged him to buy more land, dig more ponds and wells and plant more trees. By the end of the eighties he was tending 32 acres of forests. A typical forest in Kerala, but not Abdul Karim's forest. As the trees grew tall, birds began nestling in them. "Birds are the natural carriers of many seeds, and they dropped the seeds of many varieties of trees and plants here," says Karim. "Thus trees like sandalwood and ebony began growing here. If we respect nature she shows us greater respect." When the growth became dense, small animals like the rabbit, the mongoose and wild hens made homes amid the thickets and shrubs. Karim is trying to introduce the deer to this living forest. To him, the forest is like a living being. He has never cut wood or even broken a branch or killed any of the animals. They are guests in his green shelter, and he makes no money out of it. "This forest is not for making money," he says. "I created it to enjoy living here." Enjoying it he certainly is. Ever since he moved into the house he built

on the edge of the forest in 1986 the Karims and their seven children have been living in nature's lap. They need no electric fan, the air is refreshingly cool even when hot winds assail neighbouring villages. The water is sweet, unlike piped water, and the wells and ponds never dry up. Karim has not monopolised nature's reward - 75 families in the village depend on these wells and ponds which contain 1.5 lakh litres of water at any time. "This forest is our greatest blessing," says Rukhia Beevi, a villager. "It was only after Karim grew the forest that water appeared here." The forest has also bestowed good health on the family. No one has fallen ill ever since Karim moved house. "The natural environment shields us from most diseases," says Karim. "Besides our daily walk through the forest keeps the body fit." Shemim, his six-year-old son, betrays no sign of fatigue after a several-hour-long trek. Unlike most children of his age, Shemim has yet to go to school because his father believes that schooling at a very young age will stunt the natural growth of children. For a living, Karim has a farm, a cashew nut trading business and a shopping complex. He also builds houses near his forest for people who want to live in communion with nature. Five years ago, a forest officer gave him the application forms for the Vrikshamitra award, instituted by the environment ministry. The forms are yet to be filled out. "Living happily in this forest is a reward in itself. So why seek others," Karim says, his face breaking into a smile. ~

Dandakaranya Movement in India: Millions of trees planted
Every year in June since 2006, in a remote part of India called Sangamner, 45 million trees are being planted under the Dandakaranya Movement initiative. Sangamner is a small town in India and is located at approximately 200 km from Mumbai, in the state of Maharashtra. Mr. Bhausaheb Santuji Thorat, the 84 year old visionary behind this green movement, was born in Sangamner. Since 2006, he musters a large workforce of people, young and old, to get millions of trees planted. During the movement’s first phase, between 23rd June and 2nd July 2006, 50,000 men, women and children worked on hills, dales and fields, and planted a total of 45 million seeds on 28,000 acres of land. The participation was fully voluntary, with no expectation of any kind of remuneration. This was against the original target of ten million seedlings. Between 23 and 30 June 2007, approximately 50,000 people participated in the Dandakaranya movement, and planted another 45 million seeds and saplings over an area amounting to 21,700 acres of land. In July 2008, a target has been set at planting of 25 million seeds and 450,000 saplings Mr. Bhausaheb Santuji Thorat launched the Dandakaranya movement with the objective of saving the Sangamner environment and that of nearby areas - then a dry and arid area. The name Dandakaranya has its origin in Indian mythology. In the epic Ramayan, the sage Agasti turned the arid Dandakaranya into a green heaven through a massive drive of tree planting. Bhausaheb launched this peoples' movement with a view of recreating a modern day Dandakaranya tradition.

This is one of the most significant movements for the conservation of nature in India, and a book describing the movement and the man behind it will be released in Marathi and English.

Dandakaranya: The Green Movement The Green Movement, is today one of the most significant movements in post-independence India. It is movement that demands the right of living a healthy and meaningful life. The destruction of the environment is primarily the outcome of the moral degeneration and greed of mankind. A peoples’ mass movement such as the Dandakaranya has the power to erase this social blot. Dandakaranya Movement Ace freedom fighter Bhausaheb Santuji Thorat, fondly addressed as “Dada” by everyone, launched the Dandakaranya movement in year 2006 for saving environment of arid Sangamner region, his native place. At the ripe age of 84, he mustered a large workforce of the young & old & got 45 million seeds planted in a single month…………..Unbelievable but one hundred percent the truth. Since then, this movement continues each year during monsoons. This movement which demonstrates the awesome power of mass participation does not have links with any political party, any religious or caste group. It has no financial support from the Government, nor from any Indian or foreign organization. It is one of the most significant movements for the conservation of nature in the history of independent India. ~

Everyone is fond of reading. But, there are very few people who absorb the teachings in a book & bring them into practice. Bhausaheb Thorat is an ideal member of this minority. Dada came across a book “The Man Who Planted Trees” by French author Jean Giono. The story is about one Elzéard Bouffier, a nature devotee, who dedicated his life to planting of trees. For thirty-five years from 1910-1945 he planted seeds wherever he went in the Alps. Dada was extremely impressed by the achievement of this One Man Army. Dada’s farsighted vision showed him the tragedy looming up not just before his place, but before all of mankind. Materialism of humans was destroying the environment & planet. The amount of rainfall was coming down. Jungles were being lost. Lakes were shrinking. Wildlife numbers were dwindling. In the future, mankind would do everything from his seat using remote control, but the burning question was how he would survive without fresh air & water. In this project Dada targeted to plant 10 million seeds within a month. But the enthusiasm of people of Sangamner achieved more. They sowed 45 million seeds in first month itself.

The Genesis of Dandakaranya
Before starting Dandakaranya, the biggest challenge was to bring people together. It was a revolutionary idea, the task was difficult. People from Sangamner responded enthusiastically when Dada sent out a call. It was June and the rains were just a week away, and things had to be organized in time to take advantage of them. Getting people together to act without the usual chaos of crowds was the need of the hour. People were to be brought together and the work had to be completed in fortnight. So, Dada took the path of co-operative movements & succeeded in getting people

together for this novel idea. Dada wanted to make tree planting a mass movement. A movement that would be run for the people, by the people, that is how he saw it. Since trees would be planted on common land, it was inevitable that the Forest Department, the Social Forestation Department and the Mamledar Office would come into the picture. Dada wanted their co-operation but expected no funds from them or from the state government. Often funding from such sources gives rise to corruption. Dada expected that the movement should be on the efforts of selfless people coming together to work without personal gain. If dada announced his plans through media, it was likely that an NGO would have come forward to adopt the tehsil (area in a district), it would have funded the whole venture, etc. According to Dada thoughts, this is our tehsil, why should we give it to anyone else. It is our duty to nurture it. Dada told that movement just needs seeds, labour and dedication. Work is designed in such a way that no one needs to disturb his own work time or study time. Dada wants to make clear to every person who works in project that just to plant seed is not his responsibility. He must take care of the seeds till it sprout into sapling. He must nurture and protect the saplings till it grows into a tree. It would not do to plan just once, the job must be repeated every monsoon.

Why the Project was named as Dandakaranya
(In Sanskrit “Aranya” means Forest. Danda was name of the king who ruled this place. So the forest was named as Danda-ka-aranya) Any movement needs a flag to rally people. It also needs an inspiring name. Dada discarded the idea of flag but a good name was essential. Primarily, the Dandakaranya where lord Ram, Sita & Laxman lived in exile is spread over the present Sangamner area. So, it was obvious that the movement was named after Dandakaranya, as it was blessed by the presence of Lord Ram.

The Green Army
The project name had been decided, its objectives finalized, it was time to plan it properly & implement. Dada along with Durgatai Tambe, Dr. Sudhir Tambe, Adv. Madhavrao Kanawade, Anil Shinde, Bajirao Khemnar Patil, Balasaheb Umbarkar & others planned each and every detail of the movement. Each of these were experts in their field. Dr. Sudhir Tambe is promoter of the Jaihind Youth Movement, which has a large number of youth as its member. Durgatai Tambe was in charge of the women’s wing of the Jaihind Movement. So had a lot many women’s self help groups set up by her. Adv. Kanawade, Anil Shinde, Bajirao Khemnar have being involved with the co-operative sugar mill & have a vast experience of organizing mass movements. Balasaheb Umbarkar had a vast experience in water conservation management. It was decided to set up a Green Army of volunteers. The term army was appropriate, once it was clear that the group were going to be numbered around five thousand volunteers. Then the army was broken up into divisions, each named after a famous warrior such as Chhatrapati Shivaji, Rana Pratap etc. Each division was assigned an area. The duties too were assigned: one would dig a pit, another would put in the seed & third would cover it up. Special, lighter implements were manufactured for women. All were instructed to wear yellow T-shirts, moss-green pants, a yellow sling bag to carry the seeds. There were special performing squads to entertain people with folk songs, music as they worked. The most important part was to collect seeds. It was decided that the seeds of every fruit we eat will be preserved. This way seeds were collected from whole of the town as well as from far away places. Various types of seeds came from villages, school children, social & educational organisations, the Forest, Agriculture, Social Forestation & other Government departments. The Co-operative Sugar Mill was entrusted with the job of collecting, storing, preserving them scientifically. Shortly, a corpus of 110 quintals of seeds was collected. Now, seeds are collected during the

whole year. There was plenty of seed but very little time. Dada had organized the project with proper way. He divided the villages into eight divisions and decided to send his volunteers there but there were not just going to make speeches. He established eight music squads. Folk songs were written to highlight the importance of planting trees in easy and local language. Their tunes were based on existing folk songs that were already familiar to the people. A publicity van belonging to the social forestation division was roped in for a couple of weeks to go around the villages, and the movement really took off. The freshly composed songs made the dandakaranya movement widely known and talked about. The forest and social forestation departments specified the places where trees could be planted. They had in-depth knowledge of which species would thrive where. Seeds were selected according to the soil type in each village, and the departments marked out belts in the fallow lands and on hilltops for the planting. The movement was planned to be inaugurated on 19th June 2006 on a hilltop near village Sayakhindi. A sort of dress rehearsal was carried out on 11th June 2006 in the village. The divisions, squads, methodology, dress code and implements were again discussed and finalized. The rehearsal had full attendance, indicating that 19th June programme would be successful.

The Beginning Year 2006
The huge Sayakhindi hill was literally covered with thousands of volunteers & villagers. Over five thousand people had assembled there. The project was launched to the tune of a light rainfall, brisk breeze & the sound of temple bells. Work went on throughout the day. All had brought their own implements & lunch boxes. Many were strangers to each other, but at lunch time, people freely exchanged food from their lunch boxes. Mahatma Gandhi’s maxim, “ Change of work is rest” was being amply demonstrated. The Sayakhindi programme went through without a hitch. The Sayakhindi response was echoed everywhere. Seed planting programmes took place on various hill tops, slopes & wherever possible between 23 June 2006 to 2nd July 2006. The Green Army soldiers returned to barracks after having planted almost 45 million seeds over 28,000 acres. This is a classic example of how organized people power, when properly guided, can perform miracles.

Dandakaranya Part Two (Year 2007 & 2008)
First year the response had been overwhelming. But there were few lapses. Dada was very vigilant about that. People were enthusiastic after the success of previous year. They began to energetically gather seeds. Requisite quota was met by March-April 2007. More time thus was available for planning. This year the project was to run in three stages. In stage I, seeds were to be sown. In stage II & III, saplings & branches were to be planted. The Sangamner Cooperative Sugar mill had set up a nursery earlier & 2,50,000 saplings were distributed free of cost. Thousands of people participated enthusiastically between 16thJune to 30th June. Nine tones of seeds were planted on about 21,700 acres of land covering 170 villages & hamlets. Students from 126 schools & colleges participated in the project.

Why & for Whom
No programme of this scale can be judged by just 2-3 years performance, certainly not the initial years. At his age of 84, it was impossible for Dada to execute it single-handed. One generation alone cannot complete the task. It has to be continued generation after generation. The key lies in getting people to participate. It has to be done by the populace in general, through inspired & spontaneous participation. It is a tough task to convince people that this is their own work, to be done by themselves,

without aid from the government or any organisation. Dada achieved this mammoth task in a month purely because he was able to arouse the constructive energies of the populace. People of Sangamner were familiar with years of work Dada had already put in. They were aware of his dedication, his contribution to the social good. People rallied around Dada at his call, because he is widely trusted & revered. 'How does Dada evaluate the success of the project? He says, ‘ I shall not gauge the success of this project by the number of seeds & saplings planted. According to me what is important is that people spontaneously joined the movement in large numbers.Dandakaranya is not just a project or a revolution: it is a peoples movement. It has to go on generation after generation.’ 'Dada doesn’t think it is important that some of the efforts went waste, several saplings died in the first year. He says, ‘ I had anticipated even more losses. I am a farmer & such losses are nothing new. Once a sapling grows that would be dug by dogs, grazed upon by cattle; people will forget to water them. Even after they grow into trees, people will cut them for firewood. All that is inevitable. That shouldn’t stop us from planting trees. Road accidents take place, but factories still make cars. If man decides he can prevent accidents. Similarly, if man decides, he can plant trees & protect them. Planting, growing & bearing fruits is not an overnight process. Man has to wait a long time.’ 'Men should be prepared for all this. The benefits of tree planting will not be immediately available. Maybe the one plants would not benefit at all. What is the harm? In any case you leave behind your estate in legacy. So can you leave the plants, their fruit, as legacy. Why wait for the ill effects of global warming? We can prevent it by planting trees. So let us start now.’

Dandakaranya Concept
Main motive of this green movement is to make people aware about global warming, its ill effects & importance of trees in our life.

Everyone is feeling the ill-effects of global warming due to disturbed balance of the weather. It is because of the moral downfall & greed of mankind. This cannot be combated on an individual level; it has to be a collective effort. Dandakaranya- The Green Movement is a small step in that direction to atone for this social sin. Mission is to plant as many trees as possible each year, for generations to come.

Take the movement on a national level & involve more people. Plant more trees. Make people aware, about global warming & need to change the consuming lifestyle.

Volunteer, You can support us by :
Collecting seeds for us Growing saplings for us Volunteering with us Just start planting trees at your place Tell your friends/colleagues about this movement

Dandakaranya: The Green Movement

What is “Dandakaranya” ? During the period of Ramayana, Sangamner in the state of Maharashtra was part of a forest named “Dandakaranya”. It is the place where Lord Ram, Sita & Laxman stayed in exile. It is spread over the present Sangamner region in Maharashtra. It was a dense forest replete with trees, fruits & flowers. It is named after its king Danda. What is this movement actually ? Its all about planting trees. Here we sow the seeds or plant saplings during the monsoon every year. Sapling planting is also encouraged in schools, colleges, in local festivals or during religious discourses. Special sapling planting programmes are held. Why sow seeds ? It takes less time & effort to sow a seed as compared to sapling plantation. Also, much more time is needed to grow saplings. Where do you get these many seeds from ? We collect them from people. We asked people not to throw any seeds of any fruit that they ate. We also got seeds from different organisations, social clubs, children, schools, colleges & different government departments like Forest, Agriculture, Social Forestery etc. Now we have seed bank where we collect these seeds all year round & store them scientifically. What is percentage of success that the seed sown or saplings planted would grow ? In such a mass movement percentage or rate of success cannot be measured. Whats important is to make people aware of ills of global warming, encourage them to participate. We have to go on planting for generations to come. The benefits of tree planting will not be immediately available. Maybe the one plants would not benefit at all. But that should not stop us from planting trees. What about watering & maintaining ? In our movement groups were formed & they were given the responsibility to water & maintain saplings in that particular area. Will the trees that grow be conserved ? We take all the efforts for conservation. But again, once a sapling grows that would be dug by dogs, grazed upon by cattle; people will forget to water them. Even after they grow into trees, people will cut them for firewood. All that is inevitable. That shouldn’t stop us from planting trees. How can I start this movement at my place ? You just need seed or sapling & dedication to begin with. Johnny Appleseed: Uncovering an Indiana Treasure

The Man Who Planted Trees


Trees for Life International's work started in the early 1980s with the planting of fruit trees in India. The emphasis was on creating awareness, training people to plant and take care of trees, and providing them with the resources needed to accomplish their tasks. Each recipient made a pledge to help at least two others in the same manner in which they had been helped. The program grew rapidly in India and spread to Guatemala, Cambodia, Nepal, Costa Rica, Haiti, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, Ethiopia, Nicaragua and El Salvador. As a result, tens of millions of fruit trees have been planted. But far more important than the number of trees planted is the fact that tree planting inspires many people to do more to help themselves. They have started projects on bee-keeping, fuel-efficient stoves, improvement of their soils, water conservation, scientific improvement of plant breeding materials, self-help loans, improvement of medical facilities, improvement of educational facilities and other socially responsible activities. A large portion of funding and resources for activities in each country is generated locally. These resources are mostly provided in terms of land, labor and in-kind contributions from various segments of the society. The international funds and resources provide key elements that are lacking locally. We realize that our task is not to solve the problems of the world. Our challenge is to create a few demonstrable models that, if successful, may inspire others to solve their own problems. In this manner we are akin to a laboratory where an antidote to a disease may be developed. We are not a factory where the antidote is manufactured for sale. Our focus is on developing and providing the tools of empowerment to local community leaders who can create hope among others. Empowerment in our case means: Awareness + Networking of resources which leads to Action

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Global Trees Campaign Over 8000 tree species, 10% of the world’s total, are threatened with extinction. Global Trees Campaign aims to help conserve them through information, conservation and wise use Green Earth Appeal The Green Earth Appeal works with businesses wanting to demonstrate their environmental responsibility. It operates schemes such as The Food For Thought Programme which allows restaurants to give their diners the opportunity to plant a tree with every bill. Green Earth Appeal pledges to plant 10 trees for free on behalf on anyone making and fulfilling 3 simple carbon reducing pledges Green Belt Movement The official site of the Green Belt Movement and its founder, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. GBM provides income and sustenance to millions of people in Kenya through the planting of trees. It also conducts educational campaigns to raise awareness about women's rights, civic empowerment, and the environment throughout Kenya and Africa Grow-Trees The website offers individuals and companies worldwide, against payment, the facility of growing a tree or trees to honor or remember someone, or offset carbon emission, for which an electronic certificate is issued by the company. The marketing will appeal to the emotions of individuals/ corporate executives to grow trees as a wedding gift; to say thanks to someone; to rejoice on a birth; to celebrate a birthday; to mark an anniversary; to remember a loved one; to offset carbon emission for air travel or automobile usage; etc. 4-H Million Trees Project The 4-H Million Trees Project was conceived after a Pacifica 4-Her decided to do something big to help combat global climate change. The goal of this project is to mobilize the approximately 7 million 4-H youth across the U.S. and Canada to participate in this project to plant 1,000,000 trees across the continent to help reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide. Clubs outside of the U.S. and Canada are also invited to participate. International Tree Foundation (ITF) Since its founding in the 1920s by Richard St Barbe Baker, International Tree Foundation has planted millions of trees globally. ITF provides funds to help communities stop deforestation by planting, protecting and promoting trees at home and abroad. International School Brunei Million Trees Project The Million trees project mission statement is to To support tree planting and forest conservation projects across Borneo and beyond, but especially in the areas defined as The Heart of Borneo, with the specific aims of sustaining the livelihoods of indigenous people and the biodiversity of natural forest in perpetuity JOURNEY TO FOREVER Journey to Forever is a pioneering expedition by a small, mobile NGO (Non-Government Organization) involved in environment and rural development work, starting from Hong Kong and travelling 40,000 kilometres through 26 countries in Asia and Africa to Cape Town, South Africa. KINOMÉ Kinomé means "bud" in Japanese and also means "eye (me) of (no) the tree (ki)". In partnership with the most innovative corporations, scientific institutes, local communities, governments, and NGOs, Kinomé brings more economical, environmental and social value to the forests. Thereby Kinomé contributes to reverse the deforestation trend worlwide. Kinomé looks at the challenges of our times with the “eye of tree” and tries to make the most of forests as multi-functional ecosystems : providing bulding materials, biofuel, oxygen, fresh water, living soil, biodiversity, global warming mitigation, leisure and culture… for the benefit of the largest number

Lawyer Nursery Inc. Lawyer Nursery Inc. is a wholesale tree nursery and tree seed company with worldwide business. It ships about 10,000,000 trees annually. Little Memories Trees Little Memories which is a New Zealand owned and operated business, offers an eco-friendly alternative for those special occasions in life. Mickman Brothers, Inc. Founded in 1975, Mickman Brothers, Inc. is widely recognized for their conservation efforts. They strive to teach their employees the value of working in harmony with nature by setting a strong example in their own community. Together they can make the planet a better place for tomorrow. Miller Tree Nursery Miller Nursery which is located in Johnston, Iowa has a full service nursery along with quality landscape design and installation. The growers plant over 500 varieties of Plants Million Trees LA Million Trees LA (MTLA) is a citywide initiative launched in September 2006 by Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa. MTLA is a colleborative effort of the city of Los Angeles, community groups, businesses and individuals, working together to plant and provide long-term stewardship of LA's urban forest MillionTreesNYC MillionTreesNYC, one of the 127 PlaNYC initiatives, is a citywide, public-private program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City's five boroughs over the next decade. By planting one million trees, New York City can increase its urban forest—our most valuable environmental asset made up of street trees, park trees, and trees on public, private and commercial land—by an astounding 20%, while achieving the many quality-of-life benefits that come with planting trees. The City of New York will plant 60% of trees in parks and other public spaces. The other 40% will come from private organizations, homeowners, and community organizations. MillionTreesNYC is more than planting trees—it's a movement! Every New Yorker can participate in MillionTreesNYC, from homeowners and property managers, to schools and community groups, to block associations and small business owners. MillionTreesNYC empowers New Yorkers—just like you—to plant and care for trees through Citywide planting and stewardship programs, including No matter how you participate, you will be planting a legacy when you plant a tree - an extraordinary gift to New York City for generations to come. Let's get growing 4-H Million Trees Project The 4-H Million Trees community service project was conceived by a member of the Pacifica, California 4-H Club after viewing the film "An Inconvenient Truth." Originally a club project, 4HMT was upgraded to an international campaign by the sheer magnitude of the numbers. The youth members of this project in San Mateo County, CA, and youth participants from other clubs across the U.S. and Canada, are managing the operations including: One Million Trees Salt Lake County Mayor Corroon is announcing One Million Trees for One Million People, a ten-year campaign to plant one million trees in Salt Lake County by 2017. With your help, we will grow a community forest that will provide a wealth of benefits throughout Salt Lake County.

One simple and effective way to contribute to the health and well-being of future generations is to plant trees. Trees, like libraries, museums, and parks, are investments in a shared future. Trees and the urban forest canopy they comprise are our County's green infrastructure. The urban or community forest makes our cities and county livable. As our population grows the urban forest becomes an essential component of our quality of life. The One Million Trees campaign is designed to involve our youngest children and our oldest citizens in the regeneration of our urban landscape. It is an ambitious but achievable campaign based on community partnerships and collaboration. We want to involve every resident in projects designed to beautify our neighborhoods, bring us together, and reduce the impacts of living in a rapidly growing area. Devnver Mile High Million Trees Mayor John Hickenlooper announced an ambitious tree planting program with a goal of adding one million new trees in metropolitan Denver by the year 2025. The initiative aims to engage and motivate individuals to become life-long stewards of our natural environment through planting and caring for trees. The end result will be a healthier and more extensive urban forest, creating more inviting places to live, work and play. As an initiative of Greenprint Denver, The Mile High Million brings the vision of a sustainable community directly into our neighborhoods and public spaces- aiming to foster community stewardship among individual citizens, neighborhood organizations, schools, nonprofits and businesses by supporting the planting of trees. The initiative is dedicated to creating partnerships and sponsoring work that helps connect people with nature and to each other. Trees are a gateway to creating sustainable communities. They clean our air, produce oxygen and beautify our neighborhoods. Trees provide natural cooling to buildings and pavement, resulting in lower energy bills and increased longevity of street surfaces. Trees yield additional economic benefits such as enhanced real estate values, higher sales in business districts and increased productivity among employees. Research even links trees to important social benefits such as reduced crime, higher test scores, and faster hospital recovery times. Shaklee Million Trees Program At Shaklee, we're part of a movement to make people and the planet healthier. Inspired by the visionary works of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai and her Green Belt Movement, Shaklee began a tree-planting campaign across the United States and Canada on Earth Day 2006, encouraging the company's 750,000 Members and Distributors to organize tree-planting events at the grassroots level in their respective communities. Earth Day 2009, Dr. Wangari Maathai, Global Ambassador for the Shaklee A Million Trees, A Million Dreams™ campaign, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and CEO Roger Barnett plant the 1 millionth tree at the Shaklee World Headquarters in Pleasanton, California. Living Lands & Waters MillionTress Project The MillionTrees Project was initiated in 2007 to help further Living Lands &Waters’ mission to aid in the protection, preservation, and restoration of the natural environment of our nation’s major rivers and their watersheds; to expand awareness of environmental issues and responsibility encompassing our rivers; and to create a desire and opportunity for citizens to take an active role in helping to make a cleaner river environment. For the last ten years, LL&W has focused its efforts on cleaning up garbage littering America’s big rivers. In 2003, LL&W launched the next two phases of the project—restoring our rivers to a more natural state by planting trees and removing invasive plants and educating the public on the need to preserve and protect these natural resources. Plant A Million More, Tree New Mexico

Tree New Mexico is proud to announce that in March 2007, we planted our millionth tree! Since our founding in 1990, we have partnered with virtually every community in the state to keep New Mexico clean, beautiful, and healthy. With the success in achieving this milestone, we are now launching our new program, “Plant a Million More”, and our first Membership Campaign. Why should YOU join Tree New Mexico in helping us Plant a Million More? Because 85 cents of every dollar donated to us goes directly to tree planting and educational programs! Tree New Mexico has a proven track record of success and 17 years of experience. We partner with communities throughout New Mexico, from Alamogordo to Zuni, working with government agencies, Native American tribes, nonprofits, civic organizations, volunteer groups, neighborhoods, schools and more. We have received more than 30 local and national awards for excellence in tree planting and restoration work, volunteer involvement, and education programs. National Arbor Day Foundation National Arbor Day Foundation inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees Naturefund Naturefund is a nature conservation organisation, whose aim is to buy land for nature and protect habitat for the great variety of species. With climate change in mind, Naturefund buys forests in order to replant and replenish. Naturefund is currently protecting one of the largest rainforest areas in Central America and has so far planted more than 20,000 trees Planet Ark Planet Ark’s National Tree Day is Australia's largest community tree-planting event. Since Tree Day started in 1996 more than 2 million volunteers have planted over 12 million native trees and shrubs, helping to promote biodiversity, provide habitat for native wildlife, and prevent soil erosion and salinity. National Tree Day is a year round campaign, that also includes other key events like Schools Tree Day – a special day for students to plant trees, and Tropical Tree Day – designed to accommodate the best planting times and conditions for the tropical north of Australia. The focus of National Tree Day is the long term care and growth of native plant communities Though the effects of deforestation and global warming can't be completely reversed, Plant-a-tree-today assists in the discovery of how planting trees can help to combat climate change, provide sustainable economic development for developing countries and poor rural communities, and reduce the effects of natural disasters Plant-for-the-Planet Plant-for-the-Planet is an initiative that fosters children’s participation and leadership. It aims to support and motivate children across the world in order to shape their future. As a tool for this goal, Plant-for-the-Planet offers a Global Children’s Participation Platform. By participating in global matters, children from around the world demonstrate that they want and need to be included in decisions that affect their future. Planting trees is one powerful expression of that need PRAIS Foundation PRAIS Foundation, as initiator, together with its Romanian institutional partners: the Ministry of Environment and the National Environmental Guard have successfully co-operated since 2006 to develop a national planting movement “Millions of People, Millions of Trees”. This movement is open to all Romanian companies, foundations, organizations and state institutions, with a view to planting trees. The trees are planted every autumn and spring Reforest' Action

Reforest'Action gives everybody the opportunity to plant trees online friends and colleagues on a personalized parcel of land. Trees are planted in developing countries with the support of Trees and Life, a global reforestation movement. Reforest the Tropics (RTT) An official UNFCCC/ Joint Implementation Project between the United States and Costa Rica that is involved in establishing carbon-offset forests in Costa Rica to develop and demonstrate a model to balance United States CO2 emissions. Replant New Orleans Replant New Orleans provides trees to residents in neighborhoods throughout the city, from early Fall to late spring, through their Neighborhood Tree Planting program. Striving for sustainability and longevity of the trees they help plant, the organization provides long term tree care information, workshops, and consultation, with an emphasis on grassroots community involvement, economic and civic improvement and environmental health. Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI Inc.) SFI Inc. is a fully independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management that works with conservation groups, local communities, resource professionals, landowners, organizations and individuals who share the passion for responsible forest management. Its forest certification standard is based on principles that promote sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value. Sustainable Harvest International Sustainable Harvest International helps farmers reverse rainforest destruction with sustainable land-use practices that allow them to take control of their environmental and economic destinies. Taking Action - Forests An Environmental Guide for you and your Community. The ChariTREE Foundation The ChariTREE Foundation is Canada's children's tree planting organization which has been giving trees to children in Canada and around the world since 2006. This year The ChariTREE Foundation has partnered with the Canadian Camping Association to plant almost 10,000 trees across Canada. Children at 47 summer camps will have the opportunity to plant a tree, make a wish for the planet and return each summer to see how their tree has grown. Tree Appeal Tree Appeal bridges the gap between business and the environment by planting trees, sponsored by their corporate partners. Since 2004, they have helped responsible businesses to reduce their environmental footprint and continue to do so by planting many thousands of trees every year. Tree Appeal plants only broad-leaf trees, native to the British Isles, such as oak, ash and beech primarily to encourage woodland habitats and promote biodiversity. In addition, Tree Appeal emphasizes social benefits, particularly where there is an educational aspect, and have planted trees in schools and colleges under their 'Trees for Schools' initiative. Trees and Health Médicos Descalzos (Spain) works to provide free natural therapies to the poor. This NGO is involved in environmental issues such as recycling, energy-saving and tree planting. Tree planting activities include reforesting areas that have affected by forest fires, the creation of urban gardens and planting selected medicinal and fruit trees. Tree Link The Tree Link site provides information, research, and networking for people working in urban and community forestry. Their aim is to raise awareness and support for healthy urban forests. TreeCycle Shrenik Rao is the Founder and Creative Director of Dolsun Media. He has worked across cultures and continents as

an academic, broadcaster and a filmmaker. He created the environmental initiative, titled TreeCycle, for which he cycled along the length of India for 4,100 Kms and raised a pledge of three million trees in support of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Billion Tree Campaign. Trees Instead The mission of Tree Instead is to Position the Service of Dedicatingtrees for any occassion in the mind of consumers all over the world.Currently TI is collaborating on Reforestation Projects in all the US States, Canada, The Amazon (Colombia & Brazil) and Israel. Tree2mydoor Tree2mydoor is a tree gifts company that has been and is responsible for giving consumers another choice in the gift industry - to buy locally grown trees instead of mass produced imported goods. Tree2mydoor works with tree conservation charities to help save threatened tree species around the world. TREES FOR LIFE – Restoring the Caledonian Forest Trees for Life is the only organisation specifically dedicated to restoring the Caledonian Forest to a target area of 600 sq miles in the Scottish Highlands. We work in partnership with the Forestry Commission, RSPB and private landowners, and own and manage the 10,000 acre Dundreggan Estate. Each year we run over 45 Conservation Holidays. Hundreds of volunteers join us annually in planting over 100,000 trees in protected areas, and carry out other restoration work such as seed collection and propagation of young trees and rare woodland plants. We have planted over 800,000 trees since 1989. TREES FOREVER Trees Forever is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 and headquartered in Marion, Iowa, that connects people to the environment through the planting and care of trees, prairie, and other natural areas. Our mission is “To plant and care for trees and the environment by empowering people, building community, and promoting stewardship.” To fulfill this mission, Trees Forever has developed cutting-edge programs and innovative processes, assisting community leaders with over 4,000 planting projects, involving more than 160,000 volunteers who have contributed over one million hours of their time, and helping to plant over 2.8 million trees and shrubs throughout Iowa and Illinois. The State of Parana in Brazil The State of Parana in Brazil has developed an environmental restoration programme in order to plant 90 million seedlings of forest native species. The “Riparian Forest Programme” started in November 2003. Developed by the Parana State government, this project has an ambitious target: to plant 90 million of native trees for the restoration of forests. Coordinated by the Secretary of State for Environment and Water Resources, the priority of the programme is to restore the riparian zones in the state. The governmental team has planted 61,522,741 seedlings all over the state. This will benefit 57,750 people in rural and urban areas located in 399 municipal districts. The Tree Hub The Tree Hub is a social enterprise supporting companies and individuals in the development of corporate responsibility programs, sustainable development and environment awareness and education. The Tree Hub focuses on forest-related projects and themes aimed at bringing people and ideas around trees. Leveraging on the growth of social networks, through the unique concept of the Virtual Forest, communities of individuals, companies, entrepreneurs, clients, students are brought together to create a marketplace

WeForest WeForest is an NGO that seeks to empower local communities to reforest their environment, train them in permaculture techniques, educate them on the value of food forests: increased income, reduced water shortage and soil erosion. Their target is to halt climate change by achieving a 2% increase in cloud cover through sustainable reforestation. White Clay Wild and Scenic Program The Watershed Management Committee for White Clay Creek, a United States National Wild and Scenic River, has initiated a Reforestation Project to improve and protect stream health. Its goal is to reforest 6,300 acres in our upper watershed to protect residential water supply and recreational opportunities as well as animal habitat. Wollemi Pine Wollemi Australia Pty Ltd is a subsidiary company of Forestry Plantations Queensland, the principal commercial plantation forest grower in Queensland. The Botanic Gardens Trust (Sydney) has licensed Wollemi Australia Pty Ltd to propagate and market the Wollemi Pine in Australia and internationally. A key conservation strategy of the Wollemi Pine Recovery Plan is to protect the wild population of these unique plants to ensure Wollemi Pines are growing in gardens, homes, and parks around the world. Yachay Wasi Yachay Wasi, which means House of Learning in Quechua, is a non-governmental organization based in Cusco, Peru and in New York City, USA. The organization launched a campaign to plant one million native trees in the Circuit of Four Lakes -Lagunas acopia, Pomacanchi, Mosoqllacta and Pampamarca in the Peruvian Andes. The Indigenous communities living around the four lakes will nature and take care of the trees which will include; Escallonia resinosa (Chachacomo), Polylepis incana (Qeuna) and Buddleja coriacea (Qolle). Youth 4 a better future campaign The Campaign brings together youth-led and Youth focused CBO's, youth groups and individual young people for social change in Kenya. Combat Global Warning: Plant a Tree Take Part in a Global Art / Tree Event - A tree planting scheme that enables people to post photos of tree plantings and dedicate them to friends. This project is also a commemoration of Joseph Beuys' early ecological action of planting 7000 oak trees in Kassel, Germany in the 1980. Ripley County Farms Ripley County Farms is a family owned hardwood seedling nursery.We are a state inspected and licensed nursery in Missouri primarily for the conservation and reforestation landowner. Reforestamos México Mexican Carbon Calculator is an interagency project developed by the National Institue of Ecology, Mexico and Reforestamos Pronatural Mexico.

NGOs and Associations
Art and Environnement Association The Art and Environment Association organizes artistic exhibits and events for creating broad public awareness of the need to preserve the environment and natural resources. It coordinates public awareness campaigns through artistic exhibits and raises funds to undertake field projects such as reforestation projects and environmental education programmes for children. The Association has been supporting the Billion Tree Campaign since its inception. Blue Mountains Bushland This web site lists some simple steps to take to reduce the damage being done by weeds that have spread from parks and gardens into Blue Mountains bushland, and the serious impact they are having on their fragile ecosystems.

Alliance for Community Trees The Alliance for Community Trees is a national non-profit federation of over 120 non-profit organizations dedicated to tree planting, care, and protection in the United States of America. Our affiliates are in most major US cities and work with volunteers to plant trees to improve urban areas and beautify communities. American Forests American Forests works to protect, restore and enhance the natural capital of trees and forests. Healthy forests filter water, remove air pollution, sequester carbon, and provide homes for wildlife. Help plant trees to restore areas damaged by wildfire, where critical wildlife habitat has been lost, and to clean our air and water. Association Pour la Terre Association Pour la Terre, a non-profit association, is dedicated to preserving and protecting our planet through active participation in projects ranging from environmental protection to educating children on principles of Sustainable Development through the production of artists for CDs, DVDs, musical productions, and related School Kits as an integral part of UNESCO's Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. Baldwald - project (Germany) The German „baldwald“ – project („baldwald“ means “soon wood”) is advertising, mediating and accompanying sponsorships for the planting of new woods. The project also reforest land in Germany and is the portal for all, who wants to support the lay out of new woods. British Council Connecting Classrooms Project The year 2006 saw the start of an exciting new British Council project, Connecting Classrooms. Over the next five years, the project will engage up to 1.5 million young people in 19 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK. The project hopes to establish a forum for debate, exchange of information, capacity building and cooperation between schools in Sub-Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom in the pursuit of their goal to encourage sustainable management of our environment .The British Council’s Connecting Classrooms project will continue to encourage their network of over 1,000 schools to plant trees under the umbrella of the Billion Tree Campaign. CarbonFix The CarbonFix Standard is as a leading climate forestation standard, which fosters afforestation projects worldwide – enabling climate projects developers to certify their projects according to the criteria of the standard. These criteria follows the principles of WWF that carbon credits must be “real, additional, measurable, permanent, independently verified, unique and have sustainable development benefits.” Carlson Hotels Worldwide Carlson Hotels Worldwide in its global environmental initiative is dedicated to planting trees worldwide under the Billion Tree Campaign and is also partnering with The Carbon Neutral Company to offset carbon equivalent to 10,000 room nights. The initiative was launched during the opening of the 1,000th hotel in its worldwide portfolio, the Radisson St Martin Resort, Marina and Spa, dedicating the achievement of this growth landmark to a global initiative of environmental sustainability and responsible business. Centre for Advancement of Rural Women (Iran) The Mission of CAWIRAN is to promote rural women's access to education, health, legal and skill building resources. We empower rural women by creating opportunities and thereby encourage women's full participation in the processes of civil society. Change Starts at Home Women and children make up over 70% of the world’s poor. They are also the hardest hit by the negative effects of global warming. Change Starts at Home empowers women to change the world by making simple changes in their lives, and one of the easiest ways for everyone to take action is to plant trees. Change Starts at Home is proud to partner with the United Nations Environment Programme in support of the Billion Tree Campaign and is dedicated to bringing individuals together from all religious, cultural and political backgrounds to help end the threat of global warming. We are not just planting trees; we are saving lives.

Climate Ark Climate Ark is a climate change and global warming portal and search engine that promotes public policy that addresses global climate change through reductions in carbon dioxide and other emissions, renewable energy, energy conservation and ending deforestation Dream Trees Dream Trees, a Kenyan NGO, is committed to planting 2,000,000 trees under the umbrella of the Billion Tree Campaign, to awaken and educate communities on the importance of trees. To date Dream Trees has planted 10,000 trees in Bamba, in the coastal region of Kenya and plans to plant another 130,000 trees in Laikipia, on the foothills of Mount Kenya. Eco FilmFest and Expo Eco FilmFest & Expo are working to use the media to raise awareness of the issues that threaten life support systems and hence our very survival.They provide the best solutions and generate sustainable answers,giving the possibility of both enhanced understanding of the issues and being personally responsible for global wellbeing. Eco-Sys Foundation. Eco-Sys Foundation works closely with communities so that they can understand the benefits to protect their fauna and flora. It aims to send local kids to school, provide health care and to establish a micro-economy through small businesses. For more information, please contact ENO-Environment Online ENO-Environment Online is a global virtual school for sustainable development and environmental awareness. Four environmental themes are studied within a school year on a weekly basis. About 300 schools from 90 countries take part. Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE) The Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE) makes special efforts to raise environmental leaders among children around the world. All FGPE activities share a common theme: “Living Together on the Earth.” Friends of Nairobi Arboretum (FONA) FONA recruits friends, raises funds from friends, local companies and donor agencies and works to inform the public and implement the objectives of the Arboretum Masterplan. Friends of the Earth A national, nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the planet from environmental degradation; preserving biological, cultural, and ethnic diversity; and empowering citizens to have an influential voice in discussions affecting the quality of their environment and their lives. Friends of Nature Friends of Nature (FON) is the oldest environmental NGO in China. Aimed to promote environmental awareness, it's focused on protecting endangered species and environmental education through camps and fieldtrips throughout teacher-training and awareness-raising campaigns. FON's greatest achievement is helping to foster a growing network of grassroots environmental NGOs throughout China. We strongly believe that environmental education increases awareness, and awareness increases citizen participation to achieve an environmentally harmonious society. Forest Conservation Portal works to end deforestation, preserve primary and old-growth forests, conserve and sustainably manage other forests, and to commence the age of ecological restoration. Forest Seeding Association (Waldsaat e.V.) This is a team of people from all over Germany who are committed to the environment. It is a non-profit-making

organisation run by volunteers who are dedicated to creating forests with the help of children from nursery school age onwards by means of forest seedings. Gabriel Tree of Life Foundation Gabriel Tree of Life Foundation aims at involving the community and schools in planting trees for both recreation and habitat. The foundation encourages the education and value of planting native trees back into the communities. Global Action Plan Empowering individuals to create sustainable lifestyles and livable neighborhoods through contracts with public sector agencies. Global Forest Coalition The Global Forest Coalition (GFC) is an international coalition of NGOs and Indigenous Peoples' Organizations involved in international forest policy. Its mission is to reduce poverty amongst, and avoid impoverishment of, Indigenous Peoples and other forestdependent peoples, by advocating the rights of these peoples as a basis for forest policy and addressing the direct and underlying causes of deforestation and forest degradation. Green Mobile Green Mobile is an association with the Woodland Trust and Friends of the Earth. They are the UK's first environmentally friendly phone service (landline, mobiles and broadband). For each customer that joins, Green Mobile gives £25 (mobile only) and 6% of all service bills to a green charity. The Woodland Trust plant approximately six trees for every customer that signs up with them. Hike for Katreena New Orleans lost over 50,000 trees due to Hurricane Katrina and planting 2,175 trees will be Monique Pilié's contribution to restoring New Orleans, her hometown. She embarked April 9 2006 on a 2,175-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail, and with sponsorships and donations made for each step she takes, Pilié will buy live oaks and other trees to replace those killed by Katrina. International Brain Education Association The International Brain Education Association (IBREA) is a not-for-profit educational association that offers training to realize the unlimited potential of the brain in creating health, happiness, and peace on earth. IBREA's Earth Citizen Movement: One Dollar Enlignment in 2009 is a global project aimed at supporting Education, Health and Environment projects around the world congruent with the Millennium Development Goals. Klub Gaja Klub Gaja is a non-government organization founded in Poland in 1988. Their mission is to protect our planet, the Earth and preserve the natural environment for the future generations. It works for the protection of nature, human rights and animal rights using unconventional methods and various forms of art when conducting various activities, workshops, events, campaigns and projects. La Cruz Habitat Protection Project, Inc. La Cruz Habitat Protection Project (LCHPP) is a successful Mexican project that is responsible for planting 2.5 million seedling pine and oyamel fir trees in and around the Monarch Biosphere Reserve and its buffer zone Melody for Dialogue among Civilizations Association Melody for Dialogue among Civilizations Association in partnership with the Billion Tree Campaign (UNEP) and UNESCO, is organizing a high level forum on music and sustainable development. This will be done along with a multi-cultural concert (music for a green planet) in a dialogue between musicians from global community and Prague Philharmonic Orchestra on 1 October 2009.

The concert aims at promoting awareness and commitment for safeguarding our environment, especially by mobilizing funds for planting of trees around the globe. The forum will take place at the International Conference Centre and the concert at Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland. Micro Economy Micro Economy (MIE) is an association from the Czech Republic that has a project for planting trees in Tunisia. MIE focuses on improving the environment as well as improving the economy in that region by increasing employment. MIE believes that it is better to give work to people as opposed to send them and food as this gives them motivation to fend for themselves. For more information please contact Nature Conservancy The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. The Conservancy protects specific places where plant and animal species can survive for generations to come. It employs a scientific, systematic analysis to identify places large enough in scale and rich enough in plant and animals species to ensure meaningful conservation results. Sierra Club Broad-based environmental organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the environment and its natural resources. Involved with most major environmental issues. South West Community Development Council South West CDC has embarked on a 3-year initiative to plant 100,000 native plants around the South West District in Singapore. Together To Protect Human & the Environment Association-Together Together is an association that coordinates the efforts of environmental NGOs and other associations in Iraq. Together supports the Billion Tree Campaign and through environmental education enhances the capacity of the population of Iraq to protect the environment and maintain harmony between human beings and their environment. Tree Canada Tree Canada is a charitable organization which partners with local volunteers to improve our quality of life by planting and caring for trees. In your neighbourhoods, schoolyards, parks and in the countryside, Tree Canada leaves a living, breathing legacy for generations to come. Trees for the Future Communities around the world turn to Trees for the Future for technical knowledge and planting materials so that they can bring degraded lands and struggling farmlands back to sustainable productivity. Through our network of field technicians, community organizations, and volunteers, we will plant over 9 million trees in the coming year in agroforestry and reforestation projects worldwide. Trees for Hummanity Trees for Humanity’s mission is to teach and connect children globally to care about, protect, and plant trees as a way of offsetting the impact of global warming and climate change. Currently the organization’s focus is on Texas schools. However, the vision is to take this idea to every state in the U.S.A and globally. Tree Link TreeLink's mission is to raise awareness and enable support for urban and community forests. TreeLink uses technology to provide information, communications and inspiration in support of urban forests. In addition, TreeLink establishes TreeBanks, local community funds for tree planting, care and education in urbanized areas worldwide. The Treetures Environmental Education Program The Treetures program has been bringing tree planting information to children for 20 years through the vehicle of

illustrated whimsical characters. It includes the use of Treetures costumes to add a festive dimension to tree planting events along with coloring page flyers and other educational material. The 300 page Treetures web site is used by children, educators and organizations both in the US and internationally. It encourages tree planting and tree care through an entertaining and educational format. The Treetures Environmental Education program is a nonprofit program and the material is created pro bono. Trees and Life Trees and Life is a global reforestation programme for climate action. Its objective is to stabilize climate, improve the living conditions of vulnerable populations and to create a new economy based on the restoration of ecosystems Trees Trees and Life is a global reforestation programme for climate action. Its objective is to stabilize climate, improve the living conditions of vulnerable populations and to create a new economy based on the restoration of ecosystems. UNite to Combat Climate Change - Ride Japan In the summer of 2009, Charles and Sho Scott, a father-son pair rode connected bicycles the entire length of mainland Japan, from the northern cape to the southern cape, about 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometres), in 67 days to raise awareness about climate change and funds for tree planting efforts under the Billion Tree Campaign. Vitré-Tuvalu Vitré-Tuvalu is a local NGO based in western France. Its aim is to build-awareness around the issue of sustainable development and ensure that the people of France in general and of the city of Vitré in particular, take an active role in balancing environmental protection, social progress and fair trade. Wilderness Vision Wilderness Vision’s mission is to develop environmental education and sustainable living projects. Its latest project, the 1+1=1 Pledge Drive SA will cover 6500 km over eight weeks through nine provinces in South Africa. The drive is aimed at meeting and encouraging people to pledge, sign a scroll of goodwill and support the planting of as many trees as possible for the campaign. World Conservation Union - IUCN The World Conservation Union is the world’s largest and most important conservation network. The Union brings together 82 States, 111 government agencies, more than 800 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership.The Union’s mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. YLI YLI is a consulting firm established in 2001 in order to involve in environmental protection and management, using the experience gained by members, throughout many years of individual professional career. YLI are committed to the principle of sustainable development taking into account conservation of natural resources and biodiversity.

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