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A Rocha International ADMIN March 22, 2012
Not only have we reached our target, we also have a winning photo! It was always going to be hard to pick a favourite, but Peter Harris, A Rocha’s President, chose 'On the Edge - the Pohutukawa' by James Wu as the best photo posted. Well done James! And THANK YOU again everyone for all the incredible photos you sent in!

Group Description

We’d like to wish you a Happy World Forestry Day 2012! Over the last two months, A Rocha International and our climate change initiative Climate Stewards have been on a social media mission to plant 800 trees. To accomplish this, we asked for your photos and for every photo of a tree that you shared with our Forests on Flickr 2012 group before 21 March, we pledged to plant one tree in Ghana – right up until we reached our target of 800 trees.

The response has been fantastic and you have now shared over 800 wonderful tree photos with us, helping us to reach our tree-planting goal! We have really appreciated everyone's enthusiasm and support and are now looking forward to planting 800 trees in Ghana – THANK YOU!

If this is the first time you’ve come across A Rocha, we would love to get to know you better too! So, if you would like to get more involved in our conservation work around the world, please take a look round www.arocha.org or email sarah.young@arocha.org to find out more. If you would like to receive our monthly e-newsletter, please click here or if you feel inspired to make a donation to our forests work, please click here.

Why are we planting trees? Trees create new habitats for wildlife, they benefit local communities by providing them with food, medicines and fuel and they absorb CO₂, thus helping to limit climate change.

Where are we planting trees? Climate Stewards’ current tree planting programmes are around Kumasi in central Ghana and Damongo in the drier north of the country. Here, a mix of native trees, including Mahogany and Kapok, are planted on designated sites. Local people design and manage the process from raising seedlings to planting and aftercare.

Why Ghana? Since 1990, a quarter of Ghana’s forest cover has been felled for the timber export trade, firewood or to create land for cocoa cultivation. Working to restore these degraded natural habitats, A Rocha and Climate Stewards have already planted more than 300 acres of trees since 2007, mostly native trees and other species to give economically beneficial cash crops, such as cashew nuts and paw paws . Already the soil fertility is increasing and so other farmers, who have seen the benefits, also want to plant trees. We remain committed to planting more trees to help these communities and the environment.

About A Rocha

A Rocha is an international Christian organization which, inspired by God’s love, engages in scientific research, environmental education and community-based conservation projects. Studying, protecting and restoring tropical forests is a priority for A Rocha. Did you know that tropical forests only cover 7% of the Earth’s land, yet they hold more than half of the world’s plant and animal species?

To read more about A Rocha’s tropical forests work or to donate, visit our website or click here to read our latest international newsletter.

About Climate Stewards

Climate Stewards is an initiative that was set up by A Rocha to combat climate change.

Links to our other Flickr groups:

A Rocha International
A Rocha International: Capturing Creation
Climate Stewards
A Rocha USA

Read more on Forests on Flickr: you take a photo, we’ll plant a tree!

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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