Kokota - The Islet of Hope

Kokota - The Islet of Hope

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From East Africa comes an inspiring story of people working together to combat the effects of climate change. The island of Pemba and the islet of Kokota lie within the Zanzibar archipelago off the coast of Tanzania. When Mbarouk Mussa Omar visited Kokota a decade ago, it was teetering toward collapse. He recognized that deforestation and climate change were the culprits.

Mbarouk teamed up with Jeff Schnurr, a young Canadian taking a break his work in tree planting. Schnurr's knowledge and Mbarouk's connections with Kokotans mobilized local residents to work with innovative solutions to counter the effects of climate change. Kokota: The Islet of Hope is a celebration of ingenuity and the engagement of a community to reforesting their island and adapt to a warming climate. 

Jeff Schnurr is the co-founder of Community Forests International, an environmental start-up based in Sackville, New Brunswick. CFI's global success continues to grow as it fosters environmental stewardship through establishing community forests, promoting sustainable forestry techniques and initiating environmental education.

In English and Swahili with English subtitles. Also available with French subtitles: Kokota: Terre d'Espoir.

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