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Dec 17, 2018

Teaching for Trees in Brazil

Teaching for trees in Brazil
Teaching for trees in Brazil

Teaching a weekend course on Tropical Forest Restoration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in exchange for trees being planted for WeForest’s Atlantic Forest Project, Ricardo Cesar, WeForest’s Brazil Country Representative, does not shy away from dedicating his free time to engage with over 20 graduate and undergraduate students, spark lively discussions and plant more trees!

The students had backgrounds in, amongst others, Environmental Engineering, Agronomy, Biology and even Economics and theoretical discussions on the history, practice and legislation of ecological restoration in Brazil then turned into real practical exercises.

Ricardo: ´In one of the exercises I simulated that I was a landowner. The students then had to propose a plan to improve the productivity and ecological benefits of my land. It was very constructive since we could see the conflict of views between students and landowners, and negotiate trade-offs. Besides being fun, it was the closest that many of them had ever been to talking with a ´real´ small farmer´.

Finally, the course ended by practicing using open-licence geoprocessing software to map areas required for restoration by the Brazilian law.

With this, Ricardo shows us that educating the local community literally helps plant trees.

Dec 17, 2018

Bamboo crafting to reduce pressure on the forest

Bamboo crafting saves trees
Bamboo crafting saves trees

At WeForest we are not only planting trees, we also work together with the local communities to look for alternative livelihood activities to bring the communities away from forest harming activities such as mining, excessive grazing and vegetation clearance for agriculture.

One such example is the bamboo crafting project in the Ri-Bhoi district. In this area, both the climatic conditions and the availability of bamboo make that bamboo crafting has become a main livelihood activity. The indigenous people of Meghalaya make different handicrafts out of bamboo such as stools, bags and house decorations, which are an attraction for tourists and locals alike.

In September, we organised a two day training with 20 participants, with the objective to increase the skills of bamboo crafting to create additional livelihood opportunities. Some participants, such as Bah Teibor, a youth volunteer of the project, participated for the second time in the training and were able to reinforce their skills.

The fact that people voluntarily participate multiple times in the trainings shows the success and that this skill indeed pays off, literally.

Dec 17, 2018

Women in Permaculture leading the way in Zambia

Women in Permaculture leading the way in Zambia
Women in Permaculture leading the way in Zambia

 

Farmers in Zambia, as in many other countries in Africa, often cause deforestation as trees are generally the only way for them to cook or earn an extra income through charcoal production. It is therefore that WeForest is engaging with more than 800 small-scale farmer families to change this and to find ways that farmers can make a little extra money with the use of the trees, without the need to chop them down.
One of these farmers is Maggie. 

After following a plant nursery training course at WeForest training center, Maggie started to grow fruit tree seedlings from seeds in her own nursery in her garden, grafting and selling them. She also engaged in developing a permaculture garden with the support of WeForest.

During a recent visit she says: ´Thanks to the WeForest training and equipment they provided, I’ve now learnt a valuable skill that I can bring into practice without investing or losing out on other sources of income. I hope to expand my nursery and permaculture as more people buy my products.´

 

 

 
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