Poaching is an increasingly rampant problem both in Kenya and across Africa and has seen an exponential increase over the past few years. In Kenya the problem as particularly acute among the elephant and rhino populations who are prized for their ivory tusks and horns.
June 11th, 2013
Prince Charles: 'I admired and loved Wangari Maathai'- The global green and good flocked to Kew Gardens to remember Maathai and discuss her legacyApril 2nd, 2013
Green Belt Movement US Board member-Lorna Taylor speaks to Tampa Bay Times on her commitment to Community ServiceApril 2nd, 2013
March 26th, 2013
This interactive map shows the location of more than 3,987 Green Belt Movement-supported tree nurseries across Kenya. These community tree nurseries produce more than 8 million indigenous seedlings annually!
Using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) we record the location of the tree nurseries, and monitor the progress of the trees planted to ensure high survival rates. Mapping tree-planting sites ensures that our efforts are helping to restore critical watersheds.
Click on the map to zoom in and see the location of our tree nurseries and information about the community groups which care for them.
Wangari Maathai's Legacy
"Each of us can make a difference, and together accomplish what might seem impossible."
Wangari Maathai (1940–2011) was the founder of the Green Belt Movement and the Wangari Maathai Institute. Her life was a series of firsts: the first woman to gain a Ph.D. in East and Central Africa; the first female chair of a department at the University of Nairobi; and the first African woman and the first environmentalist to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (2004). Honoured throughout the world for her work for the environment, democracy, and peace, Professor Maathai was the author of four books including her autobiography: Unbowed and the subject of a documentary film, Taking Root.
Founded in 1977 by Professor Wangari Maathai, the Green Belt Movement (GBM) has planted over 51 million trees in Kenya. GBM works at the grassroots, national, and international levels to promote environmental conservation; to build climate resilience and empower communities, especially women and girls; to foster democratic space and sustainable livelihoods.