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Bringing the forests back to my tropical islands

Outlook Inspirations nominee Mbarouk Mussa Omar is from Pemba in the Zanzibar archipelago, a tiny tropical island once known as the “green island.” He trained as an accountant but had always loved nature. When he noticed that the forests in his home were shrinking, he decided to do something about it. In 2007, he began collecting seeds and persuaded his community to start planting trees. In one year they planted 100,000 trees. Now, 10 years on, Mbarouk has helped to plant over two million trees and is on a mission to save his island.

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Image: Mbarouk Omar
Credit: Zach Melanson, Community Forests Pemba, Funded by the European Union

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