Help grow a better future
Our annual forest planting event, creating an ecosystem, attracting wildlife and bringing together the local community is the perfect example of how the Jane Goodall Belgium team of volunteers and sponsors work to bring to life Jane Goodall’s dream to live in harmony with nature. It joins people of all ages and cultures to create a forest in one day.
Tree planting efforts create forests, reintroduce ecosystems and highlight the importance of the vital role trees play in providing oxygen, storing carbon, stabilising the soil, giving life to wildlife and so much more.
Since starting this event in 2014, we have planted about 41000 indigenous trees in Belgium to create forests. For every tree we plant, we sponsor the planting of several trees in one of our community conservation and reforestation projects in Africa.
This event occurs during the winter months between December and February to protect the trees whilst in their resting period.
Our forestry partners help us secure a plot of land and provide us with a forest planting plan and the best selection of indigenous trees and plants to create a natural ecosystem. In Flanders afforestation mainly happens by private landowners who want to transfer their land into a forest. The forest groups also assist us with the planting during the event and teach us all about forests, trees, nature, birds and wildlife. They also assure the follow-up for each of the forests to ensure that the trees planted grow healthy to create a new strong forest. In addition to tree planting, other activities are arranged on the day as well (guided nature walks, workshops, scavenger hunts etc.).
For every tree planted in Belgium, several trees are planted in Africa.
JGI Belgium is a proud supporter of the reforestation and community conservation project known as Roots & Shoots Burundi, the local youth empowerment program. Since they have started the reforestation project, the local community and youth groups have planted over two million trees and that number keeps on growing!
These reforestation projects benefit both animals and humans alike.
The young Roots & Shoots members of Burundi are working to connect forest islands by planting corridors of fruit trees. Chimpanzees love fruit, so these corridors provide food and a restored habitat. They also facilitate primate migration and genetic diversity in the nature reserve. Planting trees on the bare hills also aim at protecting the watersheds and avoiding soil erosion.
To date, the joint action of JGI Belgium and Roots & Shoots Burundi have resulted in:
• About 40% of trees are planted in the forest to protect animals
• Many trees are planted to provide shade and hygiene in schools, other common areas and family homes
• Erosion and landslides during rainy season are prevented thanks to tree planting
• Trees are planted to provide fruit for families
• Planted trees provide wood for use and avoid further deforestation
• Creation of several nurseries to ensure continuation of future tree planting
• Creation of aquaculture ponds to provide food security and avoid hunting
• Empowerment of spokespeople for groups of former soldiers
• Education of peaceful conflict resolution for youth
• Concrete support for environmental education programs in schools
Forest in One Day – 7 February 2021
In February 2021 we will plant 3 forests in Belgium in One Day!
We will plant about 14500 trees in 3 locations:
Alken in Limburg
Brakel in Oost-Vlaanderen
Visé in the region of Liège
Also 1,2 million trees are being planted in Burundi in 2021 thanks to our youth empowerment programme Roots & Shoots.
Photo credits: (banner) Sören Decraene/JGIB, (slides) Pieter Flamend/Bosgroep Limburg/Ivan Dunsmore/Annemie Tuts