Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

Environment Online - ENO is a global virtual school and network for sustainable development. Our voluntary network has spread to over 10 000 schools in 157 countries. Schools started to plant trees in 2004 and have planted 20 million by now. Our aim is to plant 100 million trees by 2017.

Implementation methodologies

ENO is based on volunteering and networking. Since 2000 it has reached many schools and partner organisations that are aware of ENO and its tree planting campaign. There are national coordinators in 141 countries. In 2011 ENO organised a conference in Finland where national coordinators made their plans how to reach the goal. Trees are planted especially in UN thematic days in May (ecological biodiversity) and September (day for peace). Schools cannot do this alone. To support the campaign, ENO Green Cities Network was established in 2012. ENO Treelympics was initiated in 2014, to empower schools in a tree planting contest. Ministries from different countries have made a commitment to reach this goal, empowering schools to plant trees in their countries. The number of trees with commitment is now 103,5 million trees.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

ENO Network is coordinated by the ENO Programme Association based in Finland. It has a board of five members and chief executive manager. It has an annual meeting. ENO is a voluntary network and there is a national coordinator and team in every participating country. ENO International council represents coordinators from different continents. There are also other supportive networks like ENO Green Cities.


ENO Programme Association / ENO-verkkokoulun tuki , Finland, ENO Green Cities Network, ENO International Council, The City of Joensuu, Finland, Learning About Forests (LEAF), UNESCO Aspnet Schools, IEARN school network, Ministries of environment in UN countries
7 million trees planted
25 million trees planted
60 million trees planted
2017 (31 DEC)
100 million trees planted
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 4
4.a - Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all
Goal 13
13.3 - Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
Goal 15
15.2 - By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally
15.3 - By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world
Goal 16
16.3 - Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
Goal 17
17.16 - Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
17.17 - Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Data, monitoring and accountability
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
100,000 USD
Other, please specify
donations from different sectors
Staff / Technical expertise
expertise offered from institutions and experts ( European forest institute, Finnish Forest Research Centre, universitiies)
Staff / Technical expertise
expertise offered from institutions and experts ( European forest institute, Finnish Forest Research Centre, universitiies)
In-kind contribution
offering areas for planting (municipalities, cities, governments)
Progress reports
  • 2016 (21 April 2016)
Cut off date each year: 2 May
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Action Network
Location: globallly in 150 countries
Date of completion: 2017-12-31
Contact information/focal point(s)
Mika Vanhanen,

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