Created in 2009 this projects aims at:
- Regenerating Transylvania’s forest ecosystems by planting native tree species in carefully selected locations,
- Promoting environmental awareness among school students by involving them in the planting of the trees and the maintenance of orchards in their schoolyards,
- Creating a momentum around reforestation by bringing together various stakeholders.
After years of deforestation under the communist regime, the Romanian rural landscapes are either subject to erosion with deforested areas or more likely to be affected by calamities such as storms and bark beetles’ invasion due to mono species reforestation.
The lands in the project region are frequently abandoned, as traditional practices have also been abandoned. As a consequence, soil erosion and degradation are current phenomena. Natural regeneration cannot ensure the needed number of saplings per hectare as planned in the management plant of the Forestry Authorities.
The project provides trees to landowners’ association with parcels affected by calamities to ensure the land is replanted and not abandoned as it can sometimes be the case. For the majority of the reforested parcels, a local school takes part in the first three days of the planting activities.
Approximately 30 children participate per day with a different group each day. With this day spent in the forest, the pupils learn about the importance of trees within their ecosystem. The project raises awareness and fosters ecological responsibility within the local communities.
As part of the objective to raise awareness among pupils on the place of trees in the local ecosystems, the project includes the implementation of at least one orchard in a local school per year. The orchard, located in the school compound following the old Saxion tradition, is planted and cared by the pupils and the education staff. The trees are native traditional fruit species to preserve the natural heritage of the region.
Agroforestry and reforestation
Local partnerMihai Eminescu Trust
Participantslocal communities, local schools, Local Authorities and Forestry Authorities
Achievements2,346,280 trees planted
The Mihai Eminescu Trust is a NGO founded in 1987, dedicated to the conservation and regeneration of villages and communes in Transylvania and the Maramures Launch of the project “A forest for each school” in 2009, in close collaboration with local communities and institutions. They won the 1st prize and Impact Award for the project “ A forest for each school”, Civil Society Gala in Romania 2014.
Plantations are done collectively and voluntarily by children and adults from local communities, under the supervision of local forest experts