The Foundation
for Forests in Drylands

What We Do?

At Desert Leaves, we’re dedicated to combating forest degradation in drylands.

Through knowledge dissemination, global connections, and support for sustainable initiatives, we strive to be a trusted partner in afforestation efforts.

Our goal is a planet where biodiversity, water, landscapes, and climate sustainably support all life.

The challenge

The need for forestation and forest preservation

Forests are vital ecosystems, hosting a diverse array of life forms and their loss leads to a decline in biodiversity.

Forests are crucial in the water cycle, carbon capture, and climate regulation. They help regulate temperatures and produce rainfall, while also serving as valuable resources for timber, food, and recreation.

Recent forest loss in Brazil, Russia, and Australia due to fires has released significant amounts of carbon dioxide, impacting carbon capture abilities. Scientists fear that climate change-induced events like droughts and wildfires will further threaten forests, exacerbating the need for conservation efforts.

Why Drylands?

Drylands is the common UN denomination for dry sub-humid lands, semi-arid lands, arid lands and hyper-arid lands. Approximately 40% of the earth’s land area is dryland. Drylands are home to 30% of the world population, although several vast areas are practically deserted. While drylands offer specific challenges to tree growth, such as water stress, wind erosion and wildfires, large areas of dryland are available for forestation. Tree growth can be stimulated in deserted areas, but just as well in inhabited areas where it will typically be combined with other land use, such as housing and farming.


Desert Leaves is an initiative of a group of engaged scientists, business men and philanthropists who believe that scientifically sound forestation is an answer to a number of challenges that our planet is facing today, such as global warming, desertification and habitat destruction. You can also be part of this project.

Support our mission – Donate Now!

Your contribution can help sustain our vital projects and initiatives aimed at combating forest degradation in drylands.

Together, we can ensure a greener, more sustainable future for generations to come, consider participating in our “Buy Me a Tree” initiative, where each tree purchased directly supports our afforestation efforts.

Let’s plant the seeds of change together!

Contact Us

Are you interested in participating in our events, volunteering with Desert Leaves, study dryland forestation, find a job in our area of activities, or simply eager to learn more?