Young Trees Lead to a Regenerative Ecosystem
The Trees for Life Program started in 2005 and is administered by the Palestine Fair Trade Association (PFTA), the umbrella organization for all fair-trade farmers in Palestine. While the primary function of the program is to distribute tree saplings, the underlying goal is to sustain and expand the existing capacities of the farmers by maintaining their life-long farming traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation.
These customs are the very practices that have enabled the older generations to live in a symbiotic relationship with the surrounding ecosystem. This fruitful relationship protects the environment as it supports its key pillars of soil, wildlife, and crops. This relationship not only allows the whole ecosystem to be sustainable, but also to grow and support new varieties of crops, animals, and even meet ever-changing human demands.
A committee of PFTA farmers administers and implements the program. Any farmer can apply, and they’re selected based on suitability of land, farmer’s readiness and capacity to care for the trees, and her/his commitment to fair-trade practices. Priority goes to women farmers, young farmers, and farmers who have lost trees due to the geopolitical challenges. Trees are usually planted between Tree Day, January 15, and Land Day, March 30. The ritual of planting trees is a symbolic initiative to keep hope and regenerate the soil that provided for our ancestors for generations.
Read more about the program:
Trees for Life Report 2015
Trees for Life Report 2014
Trees for Life Report 2013
Trees for Life Report 2012
Trees for Life Report 2010
Trees for Life Report 2009