International Tree Foundation

Community tree planting at the Saiwa National Park

This project aims to protect endemic biodiversity of the Saiwa National Park while improving the livelihoods of local communities worst effected by environmental damage. Through tree planting and training we aim to reduce soil and wetland degradation, benefiting local communities and wildlife.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1106269)

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Championed by The Coles-Medlock Foundation


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)




Eucalyptus cultivation, over grazing, artificial fertilizers and illegal wood harvesting has led to drainage and degradation Kenya’s Saiwa National Park wetlands and surrounding areas. This is home to 25% of Kenya’s vulnerable Grey Crowned Crane population, endemic wildlife, and is a valuable source of natural resources for the communities that live adjacent. A scramble for remaining resources is compounding poverty levels as it exacerbates environmental damage and reduces biodiversity.


With over 100 years of community tree planting experience, ITF will work with community groups to increase the conservation capacity of those living adjacent to the national park. Local groups will be trained in indigenous tree species propagation in order to establish and manage tree seedling nurseries. These will be planted around the national park, in agroforestry systems and local schools benefiting habitats, farm productivity, water sources and natural resource availability.

  • This project has made me have a different perspective of nature in general. How I interact with the environment, how the environment also affects me if I don’t take care of it and I have seen that conserving the environment and the ecosystems that live within it has a positive impact in my life.

    — Lily Masulia (project participant)

  • For us to improve the environment, everything rotates around a tree. Ranging from soil erosion control, air purification, medication and many more values which trees provide to humans and nature.

    — Maurice, Project leader