International Tree Foundation

International Tree Foundation

Charity information

International Tree Foundation

ITF works in partnership with community-based organisations and NGOs in the UK and Africa to promote the protection and planting of trees for environmental benefits and to improve the livelihoods of local communities.

Founded 1924

  • Mission statement

    Our mission is to protect, plant, cultivate and promote trees in partnership with local communities in ways which support the:

    - conservation of trees, forests, associated biodiversity and indigenous knowledge about the wise and sustainable use of trees, plants, soils, water and other natural resources;
    - advocacy and promotion of public awareness of both local and global environmental and socio-economic issues created by deforestation and unsustainable agriculture and the potential of trees to rehabilitate degraded land, generate livelihood benefits and combat climate change;
    - building of the capacity of local communities to increase their resilience to environmental degradation and climate shocks through supporting the establishment of community-led natural resource management strategies;
    - improvement of livelihoods in rural communities through the sustainable use of forests and forest products, especially through the cultivation and use of traditional foods and medicines to improve food security, nutrition, and health;
    - adoption of agro-ecology and agroforestry practices to develop sustainable agricultural systems that generate income, create jobs and business opportunities;
    - development of socially and environmentally desirable local governance and community by-laws which meet the needs and aspirations of local communities, while contributing to the formulation of more effective national and regional policies.

  • Aims

    International Tree Foundation aims to:

    • Education: Foster an understanding of the amenity, ecological and economic value of trees.
    • Livelihoods: Enable communities to develop and restore sustainable and productive landscapes through tree cultivation.
    • Environment: Increase tree cover, promote reforestation and appropriate tree cultivation.
    • Capacity Building: Build capacity in community organisations to advocate, share knowledge and implement community based forestry and agroforestry.
  • Overview

    Established: July 1924

    Registered Charity Number: 1106269

    Board members: 12

    Full time staff: 4

    Part time staff: 2

    Volunteers: 6

    Phone number: 01865318836

    Address: International Tree Foundation OX2 7DE

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