Green Belt Movement International - Europe

Green Belt Movement International - Europe

Charity information

Green Belt Movement International - Europe

The Green Belt Movement (GBM) is an environmental organization that empowers women and their communities to plant trees, conserve the environment and improve rural community livelihoods.

Founded 2005

  • Mission statement

    GBM was founded by Professor Wangari Maathai in 1977 to respond to the needs of rural Kenyan women who reported that their streams were drying up, their food supply was less secure, and they had to walk further and further to get firewood for fuel and fencing. GBM encourages women to work together to grow seedlings and plant trees to bind the soil, store rainwater, provide food and firewood. To date in Kenya over 51 million trees have been planted and hundreds of thousands of women have lifted themselves out of poverty; critical watersheds protected and 1000s acres of biologically rich forests protected.
    In recognition of such achievements, Professor Maathai was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and in 2005 the Green Belt Movement International – Europe (GBMI-Europe) was created to provide strategic links, research and advice on policy and developing issues, facilitate resources and funding for GBM. Since then GBMI-E has strengthened its advocacy mission establishing the Climate Change programme, aimed at providing examples of adapting to, and mitigating for, climate change from the grassroots and advocating to ensure that climate change financing procedures are effective- learning from the practical application of projects.
    Our mission is to strive for better environmental management, community empowerment, and livelihood improvement using tree-planting as an entry point.

  • Aims

    Green Belt Movement International - Europe aims to:

    • Expand existing community tree planting programs throughout Kenya. Expand or initiate integrated conservation programs in Kenya’s critical watersheds
    • To empower Africans, especially women and girls, and nurture their leadership and entrepreneurial skills
    • Advocate internationally for the environment, good governance, equity and cultures of peace
  • Overview

    Established: May 2005

    Registered Charity Number: 1112638

    Board members: 5

    Full time staff: 1

    Part time staff: 3

    Volunteers: 3

    Phone number: 02075490396

    Address: Development house 54-64 Leonard Street London UK EC2A 4LT

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
  • Tree Planting for Watersheds

    GBM’s watershed-based approach ensures that our tree planting work is focused along crit... More