Nah-Buteh e.V.

Nah-Buteh Mahogany Park in Gambia

Let's do it together,

for a better and a greener world.


In Gambia, landscape, flora and fauna are greatly threatened by urbanization and the exploitation of nature. Due to a lack of awareness, the young population does not recognize the importance of a sound environment, intact natural resources and the development potential of the land. They do not see any potential in their home country and have the desire to leave the country. In the nature reserve, Nah-Buteh-Mahogany Park, you can experience the beauty and the potential of the natural resources of Gambia. We show that the country has prospects and a basis for life. We are committed to preserving the rare giant trees. As well as this, we plant as many local - often endemic - usable and medicinal plants as possible. Environmental education projects are designed to demonstrate a modern and sustainable use of natural resources.

Ecological awareness

We see nature as a gift, in all its colors, shapes and forms. Therefore, a sustainable and ecological awareness of the environment is essential.

Natural reserve

We have set ourselves the goal of protecting and preserving the natural flora and fauna of Gambia - especially some of the last naturally occurring mahogany trees in West Africa.

Global thinking

Nature is a coherent ecosystem. Through positive changes in one place, we can influence our environment worldwide.
Harmony with nature

Healthy trees secure

Stable climate
Quality water
Soil fertility
Happy and healthy living species

No trees - no life

Global warming
Lack of shelter
Wood scarcity
Soil degradation
Disappearance of species
Natural disaster and Water shortage
Outbreak of disease

The choice is yours

Think ahead
Use the resources in a wise and efficient way
Only take what you need
Stop illegal lodging
Create awareness and convince others
Fight and prevent bush fires
Nurse and plant trees
Get involved in sustainable nature preservation
We can make a change for a better life
Trees and plants want to have a better life, because they are the source of life

About Us

Our german association "Nah-Buteh e.V." was founded in October 2015 as a non-profit association based in Düsseldorf. As an environmental association, we are engaged in Düsseldorf and the surrounding area and support projects and measures at the Nah-Buteh Mahogany Park in Gambia. The objectives are the protection of flora, fauna, and the sustainable use of natural resources.

We welcome any assistance, whether in the form of active cooperation, constructive ideas or financial support.

„I spent my childhood in a village called Macakolibantang in Senegal, which is named after the Cotton-tree locally known as the Bantang. The Bantang avenue, which must have been planted by someone several hundred years ago, stretched through this village to form corridor of trees more than one kilometre long. The sight of these powerful Bantang and their impressive arrangement was so breathtaking, that everyone who stepped foot in the village would gain respect for these beautiful trees and never forget this sight. Ever since then, I have developed a passion for flora and fauna, especially for mighty trees like Baobab, Cotton-tree and Mahogany, which give Gambia and Senegal their unique identity. Today, the name of the village (Macakolibantang) remains, but all the trees have disappeared and have not been replaced. For me, the trees tell us a lot about our history and way of life. Most of our well-known areas are traditionally named after such mighty trees. Most of the traditional laws which govern our society today were made under these mighty trees, because these were the few public gathering places. Even today, village ceremonies like weddings and religious and political gatherings are held under these trees. I am sorry to say that the flora and fauna in the Gambia has dramatically changed over the last 25 years. Through human exploitation, the natural environment has been destroyed, and today, only a handful of these ancient giants still exist. When the opportunity arose to purchase the area at Berending, I was so impressed by the numerous enormous Mahogany trees existing on such a small area, that I did not hesitate to purchase it. My aim is to prevent these majestic trees from being cut down, so that they can be preserved for us and for future generations.”

Nah-Buteh (mother Buteh) is the name giver of the park. She was an extraordinary woman, mother of four children, who was widowed at an early age and had to fend for herself in the Gambian society. After a marriage, she said: "I will no longer go to a man. If or when I marry again, the man shall come to me." And so it happened.

Resisting all customs, she was the first woman in the village to buy a property for herself and her children and built a house in order to secure her childrens‘ future.

The memory of her is kept alive through her special ability to inspire people, her cheerfulness and her strong sense of humor. She spoke up against injustice.

As a rice farmer, she was able to rear her family without outside assistance, meaning she was economically and personally independent. Her life is proof that we can build our lives on our environment and rely on the resources of an intact environment.
Nah-Buteh-Mahogany Park is a private nature reserve in Gunjur-Berrending in the southern coastal area of the Gambia. The park has been officially declared a protected area by the Department of Forestry of the Gambian government since 2017.

This natural biotope, with a variety of palm species characteristic for the country (palm oil trees and various fan-tree species) and Boabab trees, provides habitat for birds, monkeys, reptiles, other small animals and insects. In the rainy season, the landscape changes into a water-rich swampland.

The Park, which has a perimeter of about 1500m, is home to 40 mahogany trees. These range from a one-meter trunk to the oldest giant with a trunk circumference of more than six meters. The density of the trees in this area is a particularly special. In contrast to other tree species, which form groups or entire forests, mahogany trees are usually scattered across the landscape. The wood of an old mahogany tree is very popular because of its beautiful structure and density. The value of mahogany wood is the reason these trees are threatened by deforestation.

The mahogany trees in the park are the species Khaya senegalensis, a species of African mahogany found in tropical sub-Saharan Africa. It is classified as "vulnerable" in the Red List of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).[1]
Nah-Buteh Association in Gambia is the partner organization of Nah-Buteh e.V. founded by the granddaughters of Nah-Buteh. The Association regularly organizes events in the park and is responsible for the care of guests.
Transparency is important to us. We have therefore joined the Transparent Civil Society Initiative. We are committed to making the following ten pieces of information available to the public and keeping them up to date.
    • Information on the tax concession
      • Due to the promotion of nature conservation and landscape management, our work is exempt from corporate income tax pursuant to § 5 para. 1 no. 9 of the German Corporation Tax Act (KStG) and from trade tax pursuant to § 3 no. 6 of the Trade Tax Act (GewStG) for the last assessment period from 2017 to 2019 in accordance with the exemption notice issued by the Tax Office Düsseldorf-Süd (tax number 106/5752/0687) dated 17.08.2020.
    • Name and function of key decision makers
    • Personnel structure
      • All members of the association are volunteers. At the beginning of the year 2020 the association consisted of 28 full members and eight supporting members. In the years 2018 and 2019, an average of five members actively participated in the work of the association in addition to the board of directors.
    • Social affiliation with third parties
      • Ansumana Saidy (Chairman) is the initiator of the private nature reserve Nah-Buteh Mahogany Park. The area has been officially declared a nature reserve by the Department of Forestry of the Gambian government since 2017.
      • Our projects are implemented in cooperation with the Nah-Buteh Association and the women's organisation Musudinding from Gunjur-Berrending.
    • Names of legal entities whose annual contributions represent more than 10 % of the annual budget
      • 2018: Engagement Global NRW (funded by the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia)
      • 2019: Johanneskirche Stadtkirche Düsseldorf, Café im Foyer
      • 2019: Ansumana Saidy



Construction projects and projects that improve public awareness and infrastructure connectivity, e.g. Fencing, paths, signage, classroom, workshop


Practical knowlegde abount plants and their usefulness for the environment. For example, useful plants (firewood, building materials), edible plants, ornamental plants


Habitat for small animals, insects, reptiles, birds


Mediation of existing knowledge about the environment and exploration of new possibilities of use

Culture & Tradition

Exploring the traditional way of life in harmony with nature, the current relationship with the environment, and the importance of nature and the environment for the future


Demonstrating the possibilities of sustainable management of the environment in seminars and workshops with the aim of leading an economically independent life



Promoting the preservation of plant diversity and safe habitat for wild bees. The focus is on the health and well-being of bees.

Indigenous plants

The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of native plant species, many of which are threatened with extinction, and to counteract the establishment of monocultures.

Would you like to participate?

Join us and become a part of Nah-Buteh community. We welcome any support, whether in the form of active cooperation, constructive ideas or financial support.

"What the egg is to the chick, so is the universe to all living things that exist in it. It provides basic life for all equally."

Nah-Buteh e.V.
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IBAN DE03 3016 0213 4205 6500 11
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  1. Donations: general or project-related donations. A donation receipt is issued according to §50 Abs.1 EstDV.
  2. Full member (member of the association): As a full member, you are involved in the planning of projects and our club activities. The membership fee is € 25 per year.
  3. Funding member (club member): As a sponsor, you support the club with an annual contribution from 15 euros and will always be informed about news.
  4. Corporate membership: The annual contribution is 50 euros.
  5. Volunteer work at the Nah-Buteh Mahogany Park in Gambia or the Nah-Buteh e.V. in Düsseldorf: In the fields of landscape architecture, IT, journalism, public relations, renewable energies, organic farming.
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Purchase of the first area of land

First illegal deforestation of 5 mahogany trees and 15 palm trees


Extension for the second area of land, start of the construction of fencing

Planting Mentelato (fast-growing wood)


Extension for third area of land

Second illegal deforestation of 3 mahogany trees and 10 palm trees


Extension for the fourth area of land, completion of fence construction

House and Fountain construction, staff recruitment, Planting Gemalaina (fast-growing wood)


Planting coconut palm trees


Planting Sunkung (edible plant)


Planting Neverdie (planting vines to green the fence)


Feb.: Third illegal deforestation of 4 mahogany trees and 25 palm trees

Officially establishment of the Nah-Buteh Mahogany Park

Mar.: First counting and measurement of the size of the mahogany trees

Oct.: Foundation Nah-Buteh e.V. in Düsseldorf


Mar.: Large bush fire

Oct.: Start collection and maintenance of mahogany racks

Dec.: Gate renovation


Feb.: Foundation Nah-Buteh Association and beginning "Indigenous-Plants-Project"

Feb.-Apr.: Roof renovation and beginning of the park screening

July: Solar energy project, with support from the state government NRW

Nov.: Partnership with National Environment Agency


March: Event "Wild bee meets breeding bee - dialogue under the baobab tree" at the International Education Centre "DIE BRÜCKE" in Düsseldorf

March: Start of the second overseas project with financial support from the NRW state government (including beekeeping and sanitary facilities)

June: Participation in the Sustainability Day of the Franz-Jürgens vocational college with support from Düsseldorf's One World Advisory Board

July: Visit of the director of the German embassy office in Nah-Buteh Mahogany Park

July: Environmental education at Bakoteh Proper Lower Basic School

August: Participation in the Africa Days at the recreation park Ulenbergerstraße in Düsseldorf

August: Waste collecting and zero-waste barbecue with support from the Sustainable Consumption Working Group of Local Agenda 21 Düsseldorf


July: Presentation to the team of the Café in the foyer of the Johanneskirche Düsseldorf

August: First honey harvest in Nah-Buteh Mahogany Park

August: Participation in the Africa Days at the recreation park Ulenbergerstraße in Düsseldorf

September: Planting of Bantang (Cotton Tree)

November: Public end-of-year party "A new taste of nature" in Düsseldorf



Nah-Buteh Mahogany Park

Nah-Buteh Mahogany Park


Mahogany Trees



Indigenous Plants

Indigenous Plants


Club Activities



Contact us


Nah-Buteh e.V.
Morsestrasse 5
40215 Düsseldorf


+49 172 20 14 348