In 2017 a partnership with the Canada Fund made it possible to form environmental groups and implement awareness sessions about global warming and climate change and how to collect seeds and produce trees. The members took action by producing and planting trees in the homesteads. The project objective was to sensitize communities on the impact of climate change and empower them towards growing indigenous seedlings for reforestation and improved nutrition.
The project objective was met through the capacitation of 200 community members by training them in the effects of climate change and by empowering them with the knowledge to implement household and community level actions to preserve and enhance their local environment.
Such actions included teaching community members the importance of indigenous trees to retain and replenish soil nutrients and to improve household food security and nutrition, the importance of preserving existing trees, and the growing and propagating of over two thousand seedlings to community households. A total of 120 training sessions were conducted within the project communities; the trainings focused on climate change mitigation, environmental protection, the practical aspects of tree nurturing and the benefits of planting and growing additional trees in homesteads.
The project was welcomed by a local cooperating partner, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MoAWF) who provided leaflets to the community. The Ministry was also happy about the project initiative as they have a limited capacity to reach rural communities due to their own resource constraints.
Main results in 2017
- 20 Environmental groups were established in 7 villages in the Anamulenge constituency.
- 62% of participants were women
- 200 families participated
- Seeds from various indigenous tree species were identified, collected and propagated. The tree species are Moringa, Mango, Guava, Pawpaw, Cashew nut, and Marula.
- Seedlings were produced in the DAPP nursery
- 2,152 tree seedlings were distributed, planted and taken care of by members at their homesteads