Unesco Green Citizens
Project begin: 01/11/2016

Determined to empower women and youth, Sarah Toumi has initiated a reforestation programme, teaching agro-ecological techniques and planting forest gardens and green corridors all over Tunisia! 

Trees4Tunisia is a reforestation program empowering women and youth in Tunisia, teaching agroecological techniques and planting forest gardens and green corridors all over the country to fight desertification, poverty and inequalities.
This project is able to offer opportunities for women and youths in rural areas how to generate revenues from the forests, planted, while restoring biodiversity and soils and offering learning opportunities for children, the youth and women to be involved in an ecological project with a big vision thanks to the program “The young forest keepers”.

 

Leading organisation: Dream in Tunisia
Covered Countries: Tunisia
Theme: Biodiversity, Education for Sustainable Development
Sub-themes: Cultural diversity, Food and food security, Forests and desertification, Forests and desertification, Gender equality and women's empowerment, Natural disasters risk reduction, Rural areas
Tag: #Africa #Women
Selection: 2020
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Initial problem

Tunisia is one of the countries most affected by climate change, especially desertification and water scarcity. This ecological issue is linked to socio-economic difficulties of rural populations who are directly impacted by these challenges and is critical for all Tunisians in cities or rural areas as it increases inequalities.

The positive impacts that the project has made:

So far, they have planted around 700 000 trees (September 2020), empowered 250 female farmers, and trained more than 1000 students in schools all over Tunisia, allowing the creation of 3 cooperatives of women, and several Young forest keepers groups in schools.

The impacted areas and population:

The main area impacted is Tunisia, all over the country, with a special focus on arid and semi-arid regions. The main impacted population is women and youth, the primary target of the project. Over the next few years, Trees4Tunisia plans to expand the project to the North Africa Green Belt, from Morocco to Egypt, which would further impact more and more populations throughout the region. 

The obstacles and challenges

The main issue was how to sustain the trees after plantation. They overcame this obstacle by asking sponsors to support the cost for 24 months after the plantation. Thanks to this solution, trees can now be managed in the long run. 

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