Collage of students planting trees.

Let's Plant Addis is a joint reforestation project in Ethiopia, launched by Let's Plant e.V. in cooperation with the environmental group of the German School in Addis Ababa (DBSAA) and the Ethiopian Forestry Research Institute (EEFRI) in 2020. The goals of the project are:

  1. 10,000 trees of local tree species are to be planted on an eroded/deforested area.
  2. The trees are to be cared for over a long period of time so that they can establish themselves sustainably. 
  3. The students are to be involved in the reforestation process, actively shape the project, gain experience and develop an awareness of sustainable reforestation.

With the help of EEFRI, an area of about 4ha near Bishoftu was identified and recruited for the project. The local tree species Olea africana (African olive tree) and Juniperus procera (East African juniper) emerged as suitable species for the area. A total of 10,000 seedlings of both species were grown between October 2020 and June 2021 in a self-built nursery on the DBSAA premises and at the forestry Institute. In July and August 2021, the seedlings were planted out on the site with the support of EEFRI and local labor. Currently, the seedlings are watered and protected from animal browsing by guards. Our president visited the area in September 2021 and interacted with our local partners.

Here are some impressions of the project:

Students sowing tree seeds.
Details of sowing

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Individual Students
Some students around a provisional nursery

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Seedlings in bag pots.
Seedlings in nursery.

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Unloading seedlings on planting site.

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A man planting a seedling.

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Two men planting seedlings.

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Young people planting seedlings.

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More people planting seedlings.

Milestones that have already been achieved:

  • Preparation of a small tree nursery on the premises of the German school.
  • Procurement of the 10,000 seeds.
  • Sowing of 750 seeds on the premises of the German school.
  • Sowing of the remaining seeds at the forestry institute.
  • Integration of the planting campaign into the curriculum of the German school (e.g. within the framework of working groups).
  • Announcement of the project in the Bonn area (e.g. newspaper article in the General-Anzeiger).
  • Localization and acquisition of a suitable area.
  • Planting of the seedlings on the area.

For the project we still need donations for

  • Construction of a fence to protect against browsing by wild animals
  • Irrigation of the plants
  • Paying local laborers to assist with irrigation
  • Donations to date have been used to purchase the seeds and nursery stock, provide irrigation to date, and plant the seedlings on the site.

In addition to support from committed private individuals, we have received an initial financing from Deutsche Telekom and the non-profit organization financed 1,500 trees. Many thanks to all previous donors! Overall, we have achieved around a third of our donation target for this project. Therefore, the following still applies: every donation helps to advance the project and to plant Addis!

During a public relations event in June 2023 Mrs. Katharina Pfeiffer, the owner of the hotel "ZweiLinden" in Meckenheim became interested in Let's Plant and its project "Let's Plant Addis". Mrs. Pfeiffer has been a long-term supporter of sustainable environmental protection projects and was especially thrilled by the fact that Let's Plant e.V. is located in her hometown. The initial contact evolved into a cooperation: The hotel donates 1.00 € for each time a guest forgoes the tidy up of the room in order to support the reforestation of trees.


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Field with dynamic agroforestry

Together with the Bolivian non-profit association OESER, we are preparing a project in the municipalities of San Luis Chico (Beni Department) and Villa Carreño (Cochabamba Department) in Bolivia.

In Bolivia, the degradation of ecosystems has become not only an ecological problem, but also a social and economic one. Bolivia ranks third in the world in terms of deforestation. In 2023, it was the second highest level since records began, after 2019. The Beni Department was particularly important in these statistics, as tree loss in the region increased by 155% compared to the previous level, reaching a record 254,175 ha. Of the more than 2 million hectares destroyed by slash-and-burn in Bolivia in 2023, 62% were in the Beni Department. The village of San Luis Chico is located in the Pilon-Lajas Biosphere Reserve, which is part of the Madidi National Park. The Madidi National Park is one of the places with the greatest biodiversity in the world. In recent years, the forest area has drastically decreased due to illegal deforestation. Settlers and gold prospectors have repeatedly cleared areas. Despite the protected status of the reserve, illegal gold prospecting is often carried out industrially using modern large-scale equipment. What remains is ecologically degraded areas. Together with the unsustainable agricultural activities that follow the deforestation, these processes lead in the long term to a progressive death of the Amazon forest and increasing weather extremes.

Lack of rainfall and increasing drought are developments that are also taking place in the Cochabamba department. The already semi-arid Valle Alto (higher region of the Cochabamba Valley, approx. 2800 m above sea level), in which Villa Carreño is also located, is particularly affected. There, 65% of the territory is threatened by desertification. The main causes include deforestation and slash-and-burn, or the controlled burning of unwanted vegetation on already established agricultural land. In addition, there are unsustainable agricultural practices that erode already fragile soils and allow little resilience and recovery. As a result, Villa Carreño and the region in general have suffered from extreme drought crises accompanied by fires. The water table has dropped, many water catchments have disappeared, and reservoirs are drying up at an alarming rate. 50% of the arable land in Valle Alto is barely producing any crops. As a result, many families migrate from rural areas to Bolivia's big cities and try to earn an income there, mostly in the informal sector. The situation of the remaining population is characterized by extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition. Villa Carreño is one of the most affected communities.

The aim of the "Agroforestry Bolivia" project is to create dynamic agroforestry on two hectares each in the two communities of San Luis Chico and Villa Carreño. Dynamic agroforestry is a sustainable cultivation system that combines agricultural and ecological objectives. Forest trees, fruit trees and agricultural crops are grown on the same area. They are selected and combined in such a way that ecological objectives (e.g. greater biodiversity) are achieved, while at the same time competition between the plants grown is minimized and mutual benefits are maximized. Mutual benefits can, for example, be shade or the nutrients when tree clippings are used as green manure, especially when the trees are legumes. Twelve people (six people per location) are to be trained in the management of these systems in order to contribute to sustainable development by improving resilience to climate change and food security in vulnerable communities with degraded ecosystems.

Panorama view of rift valley

This year the joint photo competition by Let's Plant e.V. and the Tropentag Conference celebrates its fifth anniversary! It's already for the fifth time we are organising the international photo competition on our core concern: to upgrade / improve degraded land in the sense of holistic landscape management. The call for proposals takes place in cooperation with the `Tropentag 2024' conference.
The idea of the photo competition is to find pictures and photo reports on the topic that are as expressive as possible. In this way, interesting, promising and emotionally appealing approaches should be collected and made known.
As in the previous years, the two categories of the competition are:

  1. Best single picture
  2. Best photo story (max 10 photos)

An informative title and a small history and (scientific) background information should be provided for each submission. Submissions should be sent to A jury made up of members of Let’s Plant, the organisers of Tropentag 2024 and, if applicable, expert sponsors, will review the entries and prepare a ranking list. Depending on the number of entries, one, two or three winners will be selected and exhibited on the homepages of Tropentag 2024 and of the Let's Plant e.V..

By submitting, the sender agrees to provide a non-exclusive right to the NGO Let's Plant e.V. to use the pictures and the accompanying texts for non-commercial purposes, in particular for exhibitions in print and online, always acknowledging and mentioning the sender/copyright holder. In cooperation with appropriate sponsors, Let's Plant offers to organise publicly accessible exhibitions of the best placed photos.

Deadline for the submission of your photos is August 31, 2024.


The Results of the Photo Competition 2023

In September 2023 the conference took place on the campus of the Humbold University in Berlin. During the conference we had the chance to exhibit the winning photos of the previous years!

Also in 2023 many great photos had been submitted. We thank all participant for their contributions! The results are:

Category single photo:

1nd place: Abdullah Thaseem Muhammed Shah. See photo.
2nd place: Lilli Scheiterle. See photo.
3rd place: Die-Yacine KA. See photo.

Category photo stories:

1st place: Kateryna Tuzhyk. See photos.
nd place: Simon Lotz. See photos.
3rd place: Aung Zaw Oo. See photos.

The Results of the Photo Competition 2022

Already for the third time, Let's Plant e.V. has held a photo competition together with the Tropentag conference. Many interesting photos have been submitted. We thank all participant for their contributions! The results are:

Category single photo:

1st place: Chan Nandar. See photo.
nd place: Marta Kifleab. See photo.
3rd place: Gabriella Troare. See photo.

Category photo stories:

1st place: Giovanna Chavez. See photos.
nd place: Veronica Mwangi. See photos.
3rd place: Kataryna Tuzhyk. See photos.
rd place: Lea-Sophie Hansen. See photos.

The winning photos of the 2022 photo competition as well as those of 2021 and 2020 will be exhibited in the cafeteria of the GIZ headquarters in Bonn during January and February 2023.


The Results of the Photo Competition 2021

Once again, many interesting photos were submitted as part of Tropentag 2021. We thank all participant for their fantastic contributions! Here are the results:

Category single photo:

1st place: Sarada Thapa. See photos.
nd place: Toán Nguyen. See photos.
3rd place: Toán Nguyen. See photos.

Category photo stories:

1st place: Shibire Bekele. See photos.
nd place: Giovanna Chavez. See photos.
2nd place: Inga Nienkerke. See photos.

Some of the winning photos were exhibited in the Botanical garden of the University of Bonn during the summer months of 2022.


The Results of the Photo Competition 2020

At Tropentag 2020, Let's Plant hosted this photo competition for the first time. Many interesting photos were submitted - from over 18 countries and 4 continents! The jury ranked them and the results were presented during Tropentag 2020. We thank all participant for their fantastic contributions! Here are the results:

Category single photo:

1st place: Rex Parro. See photos.
nd place: Julian Neef. See photos.
3rd place: Sushma Banjara. See photos.

Category photo stories:

1st place: Jakob Scheler. See photos.
nd place: Teresa Rojas. See photos.
rd place: Elio Guarionex. See photos.

Some of the winner photos are exhibited in the framework of the project Zeitenwende in the Kottenforest (near Bonn). The exhibition can be reached by this route.


Exhibition Zeitenwende


Companies and Organisations, which support this project:

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Besucher auf der Ausstellung im Botanischen Garten

Climate change is one of the biggest problems humanity will have to tackle in the coming years. One of the most appropriate measures to combat global warming is planting trees. Trees have the amazing ability to provide various ecosystem services - and for free! Among other things, they store large amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, clean the air, have a cooling effect on their surroundings through their transpiration, have positive effects on wildlife and biodiversity and provide people with food and oxygen.
It's actually pretty easy, isn't it? You just have to plant more trees! Unfortunately, this awareness has not yet reached everyone. So we want to change that by raising awareness of the importance of planting and reforestation projects. We do this, for example, by convening discussion groups where people can come together and discuss things with one another, organize thematic film presentations, report on various projects such as our planting project in Ethiopia, in regional daily newspapers, at trade fairs and at presentations, carry out campaigns with schools and host an annual photo contest on improving degraded landscapes. Since these actions are often associated with financial outlay, every donation helps to carry the idea and awareness out into the world: Let's Plant!


Companies and Organisations, which support this project:

Icon Botanical Gardens Bonn     Combeo Consult