PLANTING TREES, GROWING HOPE

Be part of something amazing

What we do

Acting locally, thinking globally

The Laudato Tree Project is Ireland’s contribution to the Great Green Wall – an incredible global initiative to plant 8,000km of trees, spanning 13 countries, right across Africa and to establish a mosaic of greened areas in the Sahel region south of the Sahara.

While the trees you help us plant in Africa will combat the destructive impact of climate change, we must also practice what we preach. So, as a statement of intent that we are serious about tackling climate change and meeting our own greenhouse targets, your generous donations will also help plant trees in Ireland – a country with one of the lowest forest coverage levels in Europe.

Why planting trees grows hope

Growing Fertile Land

Trees stop desertification and retain water in arid lands

Growing Food

Trees help sustain people, animals and biodiversity

Growing Equality

Trees empower women with new and better opportunities

Growing Communities

Trees reverse the migration that breaks up entire communities

Growing Employment

Trees provide jobs to those that plant them, tend them and sell their fruits

Growing Hope

Trees offer hope to future generations

What your Donation Does

A €20 DONATION WILL:

Contribute to planting 1 tree in Ireland &

support the training and work of guardian communities or plant up to 5 trees on an African Great Green Wall Project

46% OF AFRICAN LAND IS DEGRADED

Your donation will help to restore and protect productive land

20 MILLION PEOPLE ACROSS THE SAHEL ARE ON THE VERGE OF STARVATION

Your donation will grow food security

11% MEANS IRELAND’S TREE COVERAGE IS THE LOWEST IN EUROPE

Your donation will increase woodlands and protect biodiversity

60 MILLION PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO LEAVE THE SAHEL IN THE NEXT TWO DECADES

Your donation will help families and communities stay together

40 TONNES OF CO2 WILL BE EXTRACTED FROM THE ATMOSPHERE BY A SINGLE TREE

Your donation will help reduce carbon in our atmosphere

Project Partners

The Laudato Tree Project was conceived by the Society of African Missions (SMA) as a living legacy to Pope Francis’ environmental and development encyclical Laudato Si’.

Inaugurated in 2018 by the President of Ireland, the project’s partners include the UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification), the African Union, The Tree Council of Ireland, ORGIIS and Aduna.