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Dec 3, 2019

Who let the cows out?

Brazil landscape
Brazil landscape

The first step to recovering forests is preventing external degradation (i.e. invasive grasses, fire and cattle that could eat the young seedlings) from hindering tree development. Fencing has been regarded as essential when restoring forests surrounded by pastures and effectively keeps cattle away from seedlings.

Paradox

However, cattle can also be useful during the restoration process as they eat and therefore suppress invasive grasses. Like with many things, the dose makes the poison, or – in this case – the remedy. Practitioners have been increasingly testing controlled cattle release on restoration areas. The fact that cattle actually prefer the grasses to native seedlings, helps their case.

Perfect mix

In the near future, we might find the perfect mix of using and excluding cattle for forest restoration.

Dec 3, 2019

Three inspiring stories from the field

Permaculture training at our training facilities
Permaculture training at our training facilities

A good example of determination

Mary S. joined the Luanshya project in 2018, together with her husband Solomon, who is a beekeeper. A hardworking and determined farmer, Mary joined the nursery and plant propagation training. She realized it would be a good way of making a living and that is exactly what she is doing today. Thanks to the support of WeForest, she now has some 2,000 lemon, 5 avocado, 30 pawpaw, 35 granadilla and 30 mandarin seedlings for sale. To top it off, Mary was awarded WeForest's title of Best Performing Farmer!

A farmer to follow

Anne S. has been actively involved in the Luanshya project since March 2019 and recently attended a training on how to set up a nursery. When we visited her nursery afterward to see how she was doing, Anne's enthusiasm and dedication surprised us all. Within 2 months she had managed to not only set up her nursery, but approximately 1,000 seedlings had already germinated! We can't wait for Anne to attend the next training which will be on plant propagation.

“We all have a part to play”

Mbewe B. joined the WeForest training sessions in 2018 and developed a keen interest in fruit tree propagation as a way to diversify his income. That way he is able to pay for his child’s school fees. “We all have a part to play in protecting and growing our farm forests”, he told us. “And we can all make a real and tangible difference: anyone can come up with their own nursery regardless of gender and age. We can easily forget charcoal production.”

Nov 7, 2019

The restoration activities have started

Handing over seedlings to each other. By IDESAM
Handing over seedlings to each other. By IDESAM

Together with the local environmental secretary, our partner Idesam has been providing training activities to raise awareness on fire in Apui, a municipality in the Brazilian Amazon state that was heavenly affected by the recent fire outbreaks. The local fire brigade now has 14 new fully trained members.

Though the brigade is still doing rounds to search for new fire outbreaks, the situation is more under control now and few firebreaks are still happening in Apui. This means that the restoration activities were able to start: seedlings from the nurseries are being transported to the affected areas to support local farmers. The goal is to plant at least what was lost in the recent Amazon fires and to protect the trees that are still standing.

Handing over seedlings to each other. By IDESAM
Handing over seedlings to each other. By IDESAM
The young seedlings ready to be planted. By IDESAM
The young seedlings ready to be planted. By IDESAM
Training activities by IDESAM
Training activities by IDESAM
Training activities by IDESAM
Training activities by IDESAM
 
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