Unesco Green Citizens
Project begin: 01/11/2016

Determined to empower women and young people in Tunisia, Sarah Toumi initiated a reforestation programme to promote agro-ecological techniques and plant forest gardens and green corridors.

Leading organisation: Dream in Tunisia
The country where the team is based: 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
Tag: #Africa #Women
Selection: 2020/2021
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Tunisia is one of the countries most affected by climate change, especially desertification and water scarcity. These ecological challenges are closely linked to the socio-economic difficulties experienced by rural populations and are critical for all Tunisians as they increase inequalities.

A programme that protects, empowers and teaches

Launched by Franco-Tunisian activist Sarah Toumi in 2016 and supported by NGO Dream in Tunisia, Trees4Tunisia helps women and young people in rural areas generate revenues from the forests planted, while also restoring biodiversity and soils. The Young Forest Keeper program provides learning opportunities to actively involve participants in the project.

In September 2020, Trees4Tunisia had planted around 700,000 trees, empowered 250 women farmers, and trained more than 1000 students in schools across Tunisia, leading to the creation of 3 women’s cooperatives and several Young Forest Keeper groups.

Over the next few years, Trees4Tunisia is planning to expand the project across the North Africa Green Belt from Morocco to Egypt, working with sponsors to support the cost of looking after the trees during the first 24 months.

Keen to find out more about Trees4Tunisia or show your support?

www.dreamintunisia.tn

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