Project information

Protecting forests twice the Size of Wales!

A unique national scheme to help protect an area of tropical forest twice the size of Wales as part of our national response to climate change.
Having already sustained 2m hectares of tropical forest (the size of Wales) now we aim to double it!

September 2015 - March 2017

Charity information: Size of Wales

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  • Need


    The destruction of tropical rainforests releases the same amount of CO2 emissions as all the world’s cars, planes, trains and ships put together. It is the alarming rate of deforestation which truly threatens our climate, as well as the habitat of millions of species. It also leads to many more local problems such as wildlife loss, loss of livelihoods for local people, soil erosion and damage to water supplies.


    An area the ‘size of Wales’ is frequently used to measure the rate of forest destruction. We are successfully turning the negative use of our country’s size on its head.

    By raising funds for projects across Africa and South America, we are able to protect threatened forests and increase forest cover for the benefit of communities, wildlife and the world’s climate.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Raise funds to sustain tropical forests twice the size of Wales for the long term.


    » Sustain and monitor our Big 5 projects that total 2 million hectares.
    » Mobilise corporate and community partners to raise funds for the forest projects.
    » Public fund raising to support forest projects.
    » Identify and monitor new projects towards our target of 4m hectares / twice the size of Wales.

    Monitor and evaluate our forest projects to ensure 4 million hectares of tropical forest have been made more secure through our efforts.

    Aim 2

    Raise awareness of the importance of tropical forests in stabilising the world's climate.


    » Raise awareness amongst children and young people through our Education Outreach programme.
    » Work with organisations in Wales to raise awareness amongst their members / staff and contacts through a system of supporting members.
    » Engage online audience through our website and social media networks.

    Size of Wales and its message about the importance of tropical forests for our climate will reach at least the population of Wales and further afield.

  • Impact


    The forest projects all vary in their approach but each one of them has internal measures of progress - for some this is about registering new protected areas, in some it is about new land rights for local people and in others it is the number of trees planted by the community. All of them aim to make the forest more valued, more protected and more secure than before.


    Forest conservation in Africa is difficult and there is a risk that some areas will still be deforested due to external forces beyond the project's control. To minimise this risk we have selected projects carefully and screened them to see if they are addressing the underlying causes of deforestation and that they have a plan for long term sustainability. We also spread our risk by having multiple projects in different places rather than one 4 million hectare block.


    We encourage donors to develop a relationship with the organisations delivering the projects on the ground and we also request 6 monthly reports from the projects and send these onto the funding partners. In addition we post updates on our web site and send out a newsletter every quarter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £612,441

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      Amount Heading Description
      £110,000 WWF Eastern Coast Forest Kenya Increasing sustainable management of the forest and enhancing local livelihoods through business.
      £97,441 Congo Brazzaville National Par Help community development and sustainable livlihoods in and around the park.
      £200,000 Gola Forest National Park RSPB Ensure the protection of the area and that the people who live around it benefit from its protection
      £55,000 Wapichan land rights Guyana Support the indigenous Wapichan people to map their traditional lands and secure legal titles
      £150,000 One Million Trees Uganda Plant 1 million trees in a highly deforested area of Uganda for the benefit of local people.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Waterloo Foundation £170,000 Conditional
  • Background


    We currently have 5 main forest projects based in Africa and South America. We have also previously supported another 15 projects in these areas. We are screening new projects to help us reach our 4 million hectare target.


    We aim to support and protect trees wildlife and local people living in and around the forests. The project also aims to benefit the wider human population by helping to stabilise our climate.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are unique in bringing together partners in Wales and in the tropics with an interest in forests, climate and poverty reduction. There is no other organisation doing this.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Hannah Scrase

    Director 2009-2013. Hannah's background is in tropical forests and partnership development. She set up the Forest Stewardship Council in the UK.

    Dr Claire Raisin

    Director 2013- present. Claire has an academic background in conservation. She holds a PhD in Conservation of Mauritius Parakeet.


could pay for for forest protection in the Gola Forest for 6 months.

The project has been very helpful for farmers like me...I like to encourage other women and younger people to participate so that they help to alleviate the effects of climate change.

Justine Watalunga, coffee farmer & beneficiary of tree planting programme, Mbale, Uganda.