Ankober-Zego Natural Forest
This project was started in 2022 and represented a major breakthrough for the Trust – its first new project for 20 years, and the first outside the capital, Addis Ababa.
The project area of 1 square kilometre of degraded forest land has been assigned to the Trust for 99 years. The site is 170 kilometres north-east of Addis Ababa, and includes a tree nursery (which is being rehabilitated).
The area is next to the Wof-Washa National Forest, an afro-montane forest and there will be close cooperation with the Forest authorities.
The project will receive funding from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) for 3 years.
The site will be used partly for the planting of fruit trees, in cooperation with local farmers and partly to restore the ancient forest with the planting of indigenous trees.
2022 saw the planting of 3,000 indigenous trees, 1000 papaya, 1,000 banana and 500 bamboo.
In 2023 a further 3,800 indigenous forest trees were planted.