Off the coast of East Africa in the Zanzibar archipelago, lie the island of Pemba and islet of Kokota. When Mbarouk Mussa Omar visited Kokota a decade ago, it was teetering toward the brink of collapse. Deforestation and climate change had wreaked havoc on the tiny islet. He recognized that his island of Pemba could suffer the same fate and was determined to do something.
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Mbarouk teamed up with Jeff Schnurr, a young Canadian tree planter living in Tanzania. Schnurr’s knowledge and Mbarouk’s connections with Kokotans mobilized local residents to use innovative solutions to counter the effects of climate change. Kokota: The Islet of Hope is a celebration of ingenuity and one community’s effort to reforest their island to adapt to a warming climate.
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