An island on the brink of collapse makes a huge comeback

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 tettering toward the brink of collapse. Deforestation and climate change had wreaked havoc on the tiny islet. He recogonized that his island of Pemba could suffer the same fate and was determined to do something.

Mbarouk teamed up with Jeff Schnurr, a young Canadian treeplanter 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.

Learn more about Community Forests International, the organization leading these iniatives.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

An island on the brink of collapse makes a huge comeback

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 tettering toward the brink of collapse. Deforestation and climate change had wreaked havoc on the tiny islet. He recogonized that his island of Pemba could suffer the same fate and was determined to do something.

Mbarouk teamed up with Jeff Schnurr, a young Canadian treeplanter 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.

Learn more about Community Forests International, the organization leading these iniatives.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.