Tree Project in Tanzania
We have an ongoing tree project in the northeast of Tanzania in the Tanga region. It is a cooperation with a local tree nursery that takes care of everything: from the cultivation of the tree saplings to the manual planting in the field. The project includes almost 230,700 hectares of land with 15 different individual areas. A 3-year plan specifies exactly where and what is going to be planted. The local population highly appreciates this tree project.
Tree project in a developing country
Planting trees in a developing country is more than just a carbon offset measure. Of course, it is very important to plant as many trees as possible to filter CO2 from the atmosphere. A tree project in a country like Tanzania is more than this: It primarily creates valuable jobs in regions where people are very poor with no option to find work. Planting trees help them earn enough money and to overcome poverty and hunger.
Benefits of a sustainable tree project in Tanzania
- It creates valuable new jobs.
- People escape poverty and hunger.
- Families achieve a stable income and can look after their children.
- Parents can send their children to school.
- The project creates awareness of the value of a forest, the environment and sustainability in general.
- Regular work and satisfied people lead to social stability.
Only native plants are planted. This includes, for example: Makhamealutea, Oliver tree, Croton Megerocapus, Ocotea Usambarensis, Cape fig (Ficus Sur), Ficus Thorningii, Podocarpus Usambarensis, pine, eucalyptus etc., but also crops such as coffee and horseradish trees, peach, fig, plum, apple, banana and many more.
What's important to know?
- No child labor: The breeding work in the tree nursery and the planting work in the open field is carried out exclusively by adults (mostly women). They are permanently employed and receive a fair salary for their work.
- The tree nurseries are located near a river / stream and are supplied by their own water installation.
- There are only mixed cultures, no monocultures. Mixed cultures are less susceptible to pests.
- No pesticides are used. Pests are controlled naturally, i.e. through
a) the diversity of plants = pests seldom infect different species evenly and this makes it more difficult to spread
b) natural pest control, such as ducks that eat certain insects.
- The project supports the education of children and young people who learn something about sustainability, environmental protection and climate protection in school. The knowledge is imparted to young people between the ages of approx. 14-19 years as part of a two-hour project work per week at school.
- There are special tree nurseries that are connected to each school, so that children can learn how to deal with little plants. They grow them later they take the seedlings home to give them to their parents, neighbors or friends to plant them in their own fields.
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