Tony had a Eureka moment on a dirt road in Niger, West Africa when he realised that a useless looking bush was, in fact, a tree. This moment transformed his approach to restoring degraded forests.
Tony and a team of local staff and farmers developed Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR), to prune and protect trees growing from stumps and roots. It proved to be fast and cheap—by some estimates, up to 36 times cheaper than planting trees.
FMNR has since been introduced to 29 countries. These efforts, along with traditional and spontaneous movements have so far restored resulted more than 18 million hectares of land.
Tony’s vision? To use this simple yet powerful solution to combat climate change and poverty by restoring 1 billion hectares of degraded land, reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide by up to 25%, and creating a more liveable planet for us all.