Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign

Posted: July 6, 2011 in BillionTree Campaign, Borneo, Conservation, News, Rainforest, Sabah

Wild Borneo Expeditions alongside Dynamic Adventures and The Maynard School UK with the support of the Sabah Forestry Department, will be busy planting trees this July 2011!

We have pledged to plant a minimum of 500 trees to the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) in their campaign: The Billion Tree Campaign (read more about the campaign in the excerpt below). It has proven to be quite difficult to obtain sponsorship for trees. We have found a local source who is willing to reduce the price of the trees to MYR5 (GBP1/USD1.67) . However, we are in need of funding to purchase more trees to reach our goal  of 500 trees (we are still trying for 1000 trees!).

Any contribution we receive is very much appreciated, you may donate trees, tools, compost or a RM5 note for a tree. All donations will be recorded and trees will be tagged with your name! For more information regarding our project, please contact us at +60136335887 or email us at

Maynard School, Dynamic Adventure UK  and Wild Borneo Expeditions have raised the funds for the following:

– Materials to build a tree nursery in Tamparuli Forest Reserve. (wooden posts, corrugated iron, nails, gardening mesh)

– Materials for building a compost bin.

– 200 plant bags for planting seeds.

– Tree seeds.

– Tools (hammers, spades, shovels etc)

– Bags of compost.

– Transportation costs for transporting trees to site.

Thank you to all our supporters and contributors we have had individual contributions from USA, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and UK.

‘Excerpt from UNEP website ‘ (

Under the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, people, communities, organizations, business and industry, civil society and governments are being encouraged to plant trees and enter their tree planting pledges on this web site. The objective is to plant at least one billion trees worldwide each year.

The idea for the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign was inspired by Professor Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2004 and founder of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement, which has planted more than 30 million trees in 12 African countries since 1977.  When a corporate group in the United States told Professor Maathai it was planning to plant a million trees, her response was: “That’s great, but what we really need is to plant a billion trees.”

A worldwide effort

Recognizing that there are many tree planting schemes around the world, UNEP proposes to federate these efforts in both rural and urban areas. People and entities – individuals, children and youth groups, schools, community groups, non-governmental organizations, farmers, private sector organizations, local authorities and national governments – are encouraged to enter pledges on the online form. Each pledge can be anything from a single tree to several million trees.

The responsibility will lie with the person/organization making the pledge via the campaign website to arrange for the tree planting.  All contributing participants will receive a certificate of involvement. They will be encouraged to follow up via the web site so UNEP can verify that the trees have survived, in partnership with certification mechanisms, such as the Forest Stewardship Council. The website will record the ongoing tally of pledges, and also publish photos and accounts from registered campaign members of what they have achieved.

The campaign strongly encourages the planting of indigenous trees and trees that are appropriate to the local environment.

If you would like to donate to directly to this campaign you may do so via Paypal.

  1. We have 423 trees and counting! Keep em trees coming …

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