Poland supports 100 Million Trees: 0,45 million trees planted in March-April 2016

posted Apr 15, 2016, 5:59 AM by Mika Vanhanen

Poland proudly supports 100 Million Trees Campaign. The State Forests are implementing the assumptions of the programme by encouraging children and youth to participate in tree planting events with the help of foresters. All regional directorates of The State Forests (17) as well as forest districts (430) are involved in the programme. Until now (i.e. March-April), over 450 thousand trees have been planted as part of field actions. The major tree species are: pine, spruce, oak, beech.

Because the planting season in Poland falls in spring and autumn, we will be able to send you the comprehensive report regarding the proceedings of programme in November.

Agnieszka Kuchta

Sekretariat Centrum Informacyjnego Lasów Państwowych

Breaking news: 100 Million Trees by 2017 will come true!

posted Apr 4, 2016, 11:02 AM by Mika Vanhanen

Joensuu, 5 April 2016

100 Million Trees by 2017 will come true!

Environment Online - ENO made a commitment of planting 100 million trees by 2017 in Rio+20 Summit. This pledge was highlighted in the overall summary by Rio Secretariat. According BBC, it was "the most dynamic-sounding pledge on the register".

Today it seems that the target will be achieved, with the help of ENO Green Cities and governments. Belarus joined recently to support 100 million trees campaign. They will help young people to plant 9 million trees in 2016. ENO schools have planted 20 million trees. Together with the commitments of 10 countries, the overall number of trees has reached the target. It is now 103 million trees.

"We are reaching the target, a number that sounded very challenging for a voluntary grassroots network", says Mika Vanhanen, executive manager. "I want to congratulate already all of those who have made their contribution. More important than the number of trees is the process itself: to involve young generation to plant trees together despite borders, religions or political situation. Trees are also planted for peace - with this deed we send a message of hope to more sustainable world."

Birthday Trees Planted in Iran

posted Mar 7, 2016, 7:18 PM by Mika Vanhanen

7 March

731 trees were planted by Soodeh Primary School in Teheran, Iran.  
The students whose birthday has been in February and March planted their birthday tree! The project name was: I plant a tree for my birthday! It was an amazing day and the event was also welcomed by the authorities.

European Commissioner for Environment challenges Europe for 100 Million Trees 2017

posted Nov 10, 2015, 9:04 PM by ENO Programme   [ updated Nov 10, 2015, 10:15 PM ]

Malta, 10th November 2015

Today, Hon Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime  Affairs and Fisheries has inaugurated the European Garden at Xrobb l-Ghagin  Nature Park and Sustainable Development Center, Marsaxlokk. The event was  co-organized by the EDIC Central and EDIC Valletta, with the kind cooperation of Nature Trust.

Twenty Eight (28) trees have been planted to represent one of each EU Member State within the European Union. The trees will form part of a wider initiative of  an international NGO - ENO - Environment Online which is cooperating with  LEAF Malta and is present in more than 150 countries through a virtual Network  of educators. ENO has made a commitment at the UN RIO+20 Summit of planting 100 million trees by 2017.

LEAF Malta is an international ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) programme run by Nature Trust Malta. It seeks to sensitizes young learners and  youth alike to appreciate the intricate relationships that take place in local woodlands and in forests around the world and how these can be compromised by the choices we make each day. It is an outdoor learning opportunity for students to be actively engaged in order to address their concerns.

The EU has dedicated this year to the European Year for Development that seeks to raise awareness about what the EU is doing in the rest of the world to assist developing countries by exploring a number of themes. Each month of the year has been given a theme and the theme for October and November is Food Security, Sustainable Development and Climate Action.

In his speech, commissioner ask us Europeans to do our utmost to promote tree planting campaign across the EU, and beyond, to raise awareness and show the added value of nature protection. "I count on you - the future generation - to help us do this and to reach the goal of planting 100 million trees by 2017. "

Read Commissioner Vella's speech:

 Malta 12 Oct 2015: Mika Vanhanen meets Leo Brincat, minister for sustainable development, the environment and climate change.

ENO - 15 years of grassroot diplomacy

posted Feb 2, 2015, 1:19 AM by Mika Vanhanen   [ updated Feb 2, 2015, 9:11 PM ]

Grassroot diplomacy from Finland

"What could be more valuable in these times than interaction between children and youth and crossing linguistic and cultural borders? Nature and environmental protection is our common issue" ambassador Harri Kämäräinen said recently, after he met an Iranian school group who reported about their visit to the ENO seminar in Joensuu, Finland.

Environment Online - ENO is a global school and network for sustainable development that was launched at Eno Primary School in North Karelia, Finland. After a hard and dedicated work this network has spread to over 10 000 schools in 157 countries.
Most of schools come from less developed countries.Environmental themes are studied through activities and global campaigns arranged simultaneously around the world, locally and globally. ENO extends learning also to local communities and today there are already 50 cities in 20 countries as members in the ENO Green Cities Network. Cities are committed to assist schools in their environmental activities. The ENO Programme is run by an association based in Joensuu and is also supported by the city of Joensuu.

Tree planting is the most visible form of action. It started on the international day for peace in 2004, the same year when Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in tree planting. ENO aims to plant 100 million trees by 2017. This commitment was highlighted in Rio+20 Summit and featured in the summary of out of all the 700 pledges made for Rio. So far, 18 million trees have been planted and governments from seven countries have officially made a commitment to empower children and youth to plant trees in their countries. The overall number of trees is now 93 million. Amongst other countries, Finland's neighbour Estonia supports this campaign.

It has been a long and winding road. Ministries in Finland have agreed the importance of ENO and given many prizes. But they have not supported the overall programme. Maybe it has been too difficult to understand how impressive and widely spread ENO is. As well as this project builds peace through environment. Embassies of Finland have participated in these activities. The ambassador of Finland in Iran summarizes that "ENO is grassroot diplomacy as its best".

Mika Vanhanen, founder, CEO
The ENO Programme Association
Joensuu, Finland

ENO Launches Acorn Project!

posted Oct 1, 2014, 4:35 AM by Mika Vanhanen   [ updated Oct 1, 2014, 4:41 AM ]


          Great things may come from small beginnings

Schools who are interested in growing oak seedlings from acorn, this is your project.  Seedlings can be planted on ENO Tree Planting Days, on favourable seasons or in 2017 when we will achieve the goal of 100 million trees!

Download instructions below (pdf)

AND Register here!

"Plant your tree" in Albania

posted Mar 12, 2014, 1:49 AM by Mika Vanhanen

This report is by ENO Albania, Ina Kasimati:

"I'm glad to tell you that our event Plant your tree has gone very well. We have planted 600 trees. Many young people, children, parents, students are included for planting and taking care for our trees. These trees we have planted in our capital city Tirana ( in the largest park of Tirana, at the near of the River Lana, to the Center of hospital "Mather Tereza",  to the some schools, kinder gardens,) Last Sunday we have planted 75 olive trees to the orphanage together with representatives of the Association of Blind.Wonderful. Also a  youth NGO in other city , Elbasan< last week sow 50 trees, a ENO school in Berat city has planted 10 trees. Tomorrow I am going to meet the General director In Ministry Of Education and sport to talk about Treelympics 2014. Our event Plant your tree will continue next week with action  the planting of 200 trees in the bigest  land field of waste of Tirana and many trees planting by the students. Keep in touch."

ENO planted trees and did voluntary work in honour for Nelson Mandela

posted Jan 27, 2014, 4:47 AM by Mika Vanhanen

Nelson Mandela inspired millions of people all over the world in his lifetime to do good and he keeps on inspiring even after passing away.

To commemorate him, Environment Online launched a campaign where everyone can dedicate one hour of their time to service of the community or to those who require assistance, or plant a tree in honor of the work Mandela did during his life. From South-Africa to Philippines, from Romania to Brazil, seedlings have been planted, elderly people delighted with Christmas buns, and people in rehabilitation kept company in memory of the man who made tremendous efforts to bring peace to the world. Find the story of campaign here.

ENO Tree Planting Day in Malta 15 Jan 2014

posted Jan 16, 2014, 2:55 AM by Mika Vanhanen

Let us children plant hope in our life

Ninety students from nine schools participating in the LEAF (Learning About Forests) programme today planted 200 indigenous dwarf fan palm trees at Xrobb l-Għaġin Park and Sustainable Development Centre. Some of the trees were grown from seeds by the students themselves. Other trees were jointly sponsored by local councils and a local bank. The event was organized in collaboration with PARKs and the Plant Health directorates within the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change. Hon. Leo Brincat - Minister for Sustainable Development, the Enviroment and Climate Change was also present for the event.


In his welcoming speech Nature Trust Malta Executive President Mr Vincent Attard, thanked the workers and officers within the respective departments for supporting schools in the LEAF programme. He said that when the programme was introduced 3 years ago most were understandably sceptic about the success of the programme since our native forests have been receding ever since the arrival of the first inhabitants and according to the latest State of the Environment Report forest land cover stands at 1%.  Nevertheless, thanks to the interest shown by various educators and the students’ enthusiasm, the programme is now picking up fast and last year four schools were awarded the prestigious international LEAF Award.     

Mr Johann Gatt, LEAF National coordinator elaborated on four key aspects that the programme tries to address based on the realities of the local scenario:preserving the last remaining pockets of native forest, instilling love for trees, making responsible choices, and planting more trees.  Mr Gatt said that each year LEAF Malta receives a number of requests from international lobby groups to join in tree planting events in a bid to enhance biodiversity, prevent soil erosion, offset carbon emissions, restore native forests and other similar noble causes.  ENO Tree Planting Day for Peace is one such campaign and with today’s event Malta will be joining 150 countries around the world to send a strong message in favour of cultural diversity and tolerance’ Mr Gatt said.  

The students’ speech was however the main highlight of the event. The students outlined the main benefits of trees and through a series of pertinent pledges urged the general public to do their part, pull up their socks and start to lead by example.

10 Trees in a circle for ENO and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

posted Aug 11, 2013, 10:20 PM by Mika Vanhanen

Proposed Signs for ENO Peace Circle 20 September

10 trees represents ENO and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates 2004-2012.

1.    ENO Programme, 10th tree planting for peace 2004-2013
2:    Wangari Maathai, 2004
3.    International Atomic Energy Agency/Mohamed ElBaradei, 2005
4.    Muhammad Yunus; Grameen Bank, 2006
5.    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Al Gore, 2007
6.    Martti Ahtisaari, 2008
7.    Barack Obama.2009
8.    Liu Xiaobo. 2010
9.    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Leymah Gbowee;Tawakel Karman, 2011
10.   European Union, 2012

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