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** Please accept our apologies: we just lost a huge volume of ALL the photos taken in the latest weeks from our work with rural farmers—we fell prey to a computer malware. Please look out for another stream of photos in the next report**
Farmers groups of 2012
We are really happy to follow up with the progress of the farmers groups (or Project Extension Groups) we trained for our very first four Community Tree Nurseries in the last half of 2012. All the groups have been able to reach out to other fellow farmers in their communities—providing them with seedlings and cascading our agroforestry training. The farmers are also confident that they can produce at least 30,000 trees per season at each site.
Some of the most interesting photos (we just lost) are those of farmers that have really set good examples of agroforestry systems especially alley cropping and live fencing. Their crop fields are doing extremely well!
New Community Reforestation Centers
This rainy season, we continue to reach out to new communities, establishing more Community Trees Nurseries. We are excited to come up with another goal of setting up a community reforestation centre in every place where we have already installed a household biogas digester—so that each such site works as an orientation centre for the local community on our overall work. Three of our newest community reforestation centers are operating on this kind of arrangement.
Bringing travelers into environmental action
Like any other small nonprofit in the developing world, we have limited partnerships and project support. In light of these challenges, Organic Perspectives recently launched its own offshoot ‘EcoTours & Travel Uganda’ specifically for the purpose of involving travelers in our ongoing environmental initiatives. See our story.
The travel industry is one of those social sectors literally accountable for the degradation of the environment—particularly through Greenhouse Gas Emissions associated with flights and transportation. Also, the tourism industry is directly dependent on our planet’s natural resources—and, as such, travelers are key stakeholders in the sustainability of the environment.
EcoTours & Travel Uganda wants to draw travelers into conservation, both directly and indirectly.
Direct Involvement: taking the opportunity of our direct contact with travelers, EcoTours & Travel Uganda is developing a ‘Travel CO2 Offsets’ initiative designed to create personal, real-life connections between travelers and environmental causes in the local destinations they are visiting. This will both build environmental awareness in the tourism industry and challenge travelers for practical forms of environmental responsibility.
Indirect Involvement: EcoTours & Travel Uganda’s core goal is to leverage resources from our own green tourism activities to build our capacity for scaling the activities of Organic Perspectives. One of the landmark products we are strategically using as source of our own internal funding is our ‘Green Travel Service’—through which we raise funds to scale our projects.
Our very promotional package dubbed the “Sustainability Travelers’ Trip” has directly been arranged to translate into tree planting. In this, a new community reforestation center (called a Project Extension Group - PEG) shall be set up for every traveler that participates in the safari. Each PEG will produce 25,000 trees per season (50,000 trees per year) and will act as the local extension hub for our activities in sustainable household energy and organic gardening. Learn about how we set up new PEGs here.
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