Annual and Other Reports

2019 Annual Report

We are pleased to share with you the Green Belt Movement’s annual report 2019. The report describes significant progress and outcomes as we continue to deliver on our mission – to empower communities, prove livelihoods, and better environmentalmanagement.

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

As we work toward new opportunities and continued growth, we are confident that we have a forward-looking approach, as well as the commitment and constructive spirit to continue to fulfil Green Belt Movement’s mission, thus protecting one of the most precious assets of humanity: the environment.

2016 Annual Report

2016 was another year of progress for GBM, expanding its work in restoring degraded forests and protecting public land, including a partnership with the Nature Conservancy.

2015 Annual Report

In 2015, the Movement provided training to over 200 rural women and community-based organizations who have in turn trained over 20,000 members of their communities in natural resource management and impacted thousands of others. Involvement in peace initiatives, smart
water projects, livelihoods, climate change, rehabilitation of degraded lands and still ensuring that tree planting remains our entry point in all that we do.

2014 Annual Report

Tree planting for community mobilization and empowerment continues to be our focus. This year, we planted a total of 438,129 trees with communities around Kenya. We are also opening new groups as we introduce to the women we work with, the adoption of clean and renewable fuels and technologies.

GBM Report on integrating climate action and communities 2014.pdf

Integrating Climate Action and Communities Using the Landscape Approach Lessons from the Green Belt Movement

Addressing gender inequality remains critical to achieving climate resilience.
Some of the most effective efforts to address climate change are going on at the grassroots level far away from the negotiation tables. This is where the action takes place yet their voices are seldom heard.

This report shares GBM’s experiences and lessons from forest carbon projects and integrated forest landscape approaches to climate change.

2013 Annual Report

This year’s report reviews the re-alignment of GBM programs that has brought to the fore GBM’s work in protecting and restoring the most critically degraded watershed areas in Kenya. GBM continues to seek new ways of highlighting the critical and central role the environment plays in changing the lives of the communities we work with. Find out why GBM is more determined than ever to keep the legacy of our founder alive and to continue to push boundaries in search of transformative change.

In 2012, as we rolled out our watershed-based strategy in Kenya’s five water towers, GBM once again showed the way to preserve essential resources. As you will see in the following report, we mapped out forest areas that are responsible for recharging both rivers and groundwater serving major population areas, in Kenya, and in the region.

2011 was a year of great change for the Green Belt Movement (GBM). GBM lost its visionary founder and chair Professor Wangari Maathai in September. GBM staff and communities are determined to create a lasting legacy in honour of Prof Maathai, continuing the important work of planting trees, education and advocacy. The 2011 annual report has a special tribute to Professor Maathai, as well as key achievements during the year. Including that almost 4 million trees were planted, bringing the total number planted to over 51 million! Other highlights were the completion of a 5-year project to rehabilitate the Aberdares water-tower. GBM also participated in the United Nation’s annual climate change conference, COP17, in Durban, South Africa, and, launched the ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign against land-grabbing in Kenya. More details on these and other achievements in the report.

This year’s report features details on the planting of over 4.2 million trees throughout Kenya and the launch of GBM’s watershed-based approach to tree planting and advocacy for environmental conservation. Highlights for 2010 include GBM’s biomass surveys of the Mau Forest and a field practitioners training session for the United Nations’ REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) programme. GBM also led national civic education activities for communities in and beyond the major cities on the adoption and implications of the new Kenyan Constitution including environmental improvements as proposed by GBM.

In this year’s report, you will read how GBM planted nearly 4 million trees in Kenya—including in new areas of the country—in spite of a severe drought that made tree planting and survival difficult. GBM also launched “community participatory mapping” at the grassroots, and expanded its advocacy and networking activities and corporate initiatives in urban areas. GBM also launched the Mottainai campaign in Kenya and sent a delegation to the U.N. climate change talks in Copenhagen.