LEAF (Learning About Forests) is an international programme locally run by Nature trust Malta. The programme works in parallel with the already established environmental education programmes; Eco-Schools and YRE (Young Reporters for the Environment).
The need to learn about forests goes beyond how green or less green the Maltese Islands might or should look to the odd tourist or the keen environmentalist. In essence it is a deeper need to understand the key role forests play for sustainable life on our planet and whether that role is bring compromised by the way of life we lead. It is not just about luring young learners to become intrigued by the joys and wonders of the forest and its inhabitants.