Ethiopia Rift Valley
To restore the native forest, local communities planted trees to alleviate poverty and environmental degradation. They were provided with new job opportunities in the form of planting and forestry, given to single mothers and widows (as a result of AIDS). Through this they gained income and new skills and could invest more in children's futures. Many of the seeds planted around the forest were intended to directly benefit the local population through improved access to food and the potential for income generation. Tree planting also helped to promote biodiversity and reduce soil erosion.
Restore native forest and promote biodiversity
Promote economic development
Increase food security