Environment
 Zambia
Project #24645

Help Zambian farmers reverse deforestation

by WeForest
Vetted

Summary

Zambia is a country with one of the highest rate of deforestation where approximately 300,000 hectares of forest are destroyed every year. WeForest is supporting farmers to restore the native woodlands that are disappearing from the region. By employing assisted natural regeneration of Miombo woodlots (plots of native woodland on farms) and introducing economic activities such as bioenergy, fruit and honey production, local communities can restore their forests.
$10,000.00
total goal
$9,670.00
remaining
9
donors
0
monthly donors
8
months

Challenge

Approx. 300,000 ha of forest are destroyed every year in Zambia. Charcoal production and agriculture are the main sources of income for local communities, yet both are unsustainable due to degrading soils and have caused extensive deforestation and environmental degradation. In the Luanshya district, large numbers of people turned to small-scale agriculture and charcoal production to make a living following the collapse of the mining industry in the 1990s leading to severe forest cover loss.

Solution

Farmers are trained in sustainable woodlot management and sustainable biomass harvesting techniques which enables the natural regeneration of trees and shrubs. Timber production, resulting from the harvesting of pine trees planted on the farms' arable land, serves to take the pressure off of the native Miombo woodlots. In addition the farmers are trained to sustainably harvest wood from their miombo woodlots to produce wood chips which provide a more efficient alternative to charcoal

Long-Term Impact

If farm woodlots continue to be treated in an unsustainable way, they will quickly degrade and disappear because they are isolated fragments that cannot regenerate at a fast enough pace to withstand this pace of wood extraction. By restoring the forests wildlife habitats are gradually restored promoting local biodiversity conservation and soil regeneration - and in the long-term this will prevent desertification in the district.

Resources

http:/​/​www.weforest.org
Transforms landscapes for Climate, People, Planet

Organization Information

WeForest

Location: Overijse - Belgium
Website: http:/​/​www.weforest.org
Project Leader:
Eva Vogt
Overijse, Belgium

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