APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution

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APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
APOPO HeroTREEs - a climate-smart solution
HeroTREEs logo
HeroTREEs logo

During the last quarter, your support has achieved great momentum in the Uluguru Mountain foothills. The short rains failed at the end of 2021 and meant that farmers could not plant trees in the last quarter of the year. However, and on a positive note, we have trained and helped farmers to prepare and plant 650 trees in the past three months - a great beginning to the year. 

What's even more exciting is we have added another 60 farmers to the HeroTREEs project, further expanding our reach and efforts. These tree-planting heroes will make such an important difference to the communities living in this region. They have formed three new HeroTREEs groups, and named their groups as follows:

  •  Mshikamano Group (meaning Solidarity in Swahili) from Choma Village - 20 members 
  •  Hifadhi Mazingira (meaning Conserve the Environment in Swahili) from Ruvuma Village - 20 members  
  •  Changamoto Forest (meaning Challenge in Swahili) from Tulo Village - 20 members

With the formation of these three additional groups, we held field visits and training sessions and also provided each farmer with a unique ID, which is used to identify all of their activities. This aims to improve the project's management structures and record-keeping. All the farmers, a total of 166 now, were given their unique identity cards this quarter and this will make it easier to monitor progress and keep track of planting and activities going forward.

We have also been busy supplying all required materials for project implementation such as water canes, water pipes, sprinklers, scissors, hand hoes, P tubes, manure, seeds, and other general equipment.

In fact, in the last quarter, seeds for eight species were supplied for three groups, including mango, avocado, pine, acrocarpus, cedrela, eucalyptus, syzygium, and jack fruit. We are looking forward to them being nurtured and going into the ground in due course!

During the last three months, as we always do, we continue to carry out training on nursery preparation and management, and we are delighted to let you know that another three nurseries have been established, one in Tulo village, one in Ruvuma village, and one in Choma village. This expansion will mean more trees and will have a significant impact.

With your help, we have also started planning for the next quarter:

  • Continued new training on nursery management.
  • Training on GPS usage, so we can measure farms and start mapping all tree locations.
  • Monitoring visits to ensure all is going well with the farmer's activities and to offer help where needed.
  • Preparing and helping farmer groups with their record-keeping.
  • Training on internal inspections and community-based monitoring.
  • Providing supplies to plant seeds and establish nurseries.
  • Meeting with the steering committees to see how we can plant even more trees!

What has been achieved and what will continue to be achieved is all thanks to your support. Planting trees not only help people but also the environment. This project is such a success because of your commitment and generosity, so we want to say thank you!

We look forward to updating you next quarter and as always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask: emma.mortiboy@apopo.org I would be happy to chat anytime.

With huge thanks and best wishes,

APOPO and the HeroTREEs team

Surveyors & Internal Inspectors receive materials
Surveyors & Internal Inspectors receive materials
Planting Seeds
Planting Seeds
Saidi, Haji and Dismas undergoing GPS training
Saidi, Haji and Dismas undergoing GPS training
Nursery where seedlings are nurtured
Nursery where seedlings are nurtured

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Bi Salma Shabani on her farm
Bi Salma Shabani on her farm

Your generosity has achieved great things this last quarter and with COP26 in the forefront of our minds, your amazing support has helped us to increase our work within this very important environmental area, so thank you!

This last quarter, 112 farmers were trained in nursery management, tree planting, and maintenance. We also conducted two monitoring visits to ensure progress was on track, and as you can see from the images, from one of the visits to Bi Salma - this was very much the case! 

We also formed a new group of farmers, who want to participate and plant trees for our HeroTREEs project and we have been busy establishing new nurseries for this new group of farmers. This is very exciting, as expanding the number of people educated in this area helps both the people living in the Uluguru Mountain region and helps to save the ecologically important habitat of the Uluguru Mountains.

The last quarter was also a time for planning and inspections. Both internal inspections were conducted by farmers and external inspections were carried out; to ensure that everyone participating in this project is doing so successfully, which happily was the case.

With your support APOPO and our partner, SAT (Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania), are working hard not only to reach the goal of 25,000 trees planted by the end of 2021, but also to expand our operations.

Looking Ahead

APOPO's HeroTREEs project is preparing 10,000 seedlings for the February 2022 planting season, marked by the beginning of the short rains.

We are also looking to invest in software, which will enable us to monitor each tree planted. We hope that this will be useful to you too, as you will be able to literally zoom in and see where your trees have been planted!

I cannot wait to keep you updated on this exciting new area of our work in the future!

In the meantime, thank you so much for your generosity - we couldn't do any of this, without support such as yours - thank you!

Bi Salma's trees - looking amazing!
Bi Salma's trees - looking amazing!
Introducing our HeroTREEs to a new group in Tulo
Introducing our HeroTREEs to a new group in Tulo

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Bi on her tree farm in Ruvuma
Bi on her tree farm in Ruvuma

APOPO is delighted to be updating you not just regarding the last quarter, but also regarding our success during the GlobalGiving Climate Action campaign, which ran just after the last update went out. With your incredible support, our HeroTREEs project came in at number seven in the leaderboard and raised just over $5,000! Thank you.

In terms of action, APOPO's HeroTREEs project has enabled the training of the following farmers by village (a total of 92 farmers received training!):

  • 20 farmers at Ruvuma
  • 24 Farmers at Mgambazi
  • 20 farmers at Tulo
  • 18 farmers at Choma
  • 10 farmers at Kisosa


Training farmers is a key aspect of our HeroTREEs mission, as without adequate monitoring and maintenance of planted trees, nursery management or seedling transplantation, the trees planted cannot thrive.   

In terms of the trees planted in the last quarter, at least five species of trees were planted, with over 1,000 trees successfully going into the ground and now thriving!

Our plan for the next three months is to:

  • Expand our nurseries and enhance biodiversity by planting more native seeds /seedlings as well as a small number of exotic tree species
  • Take GPS measurements of farmers' plots with established trees, for increased monitoring
  • Carry out follow up visits to the farmers, ensuring we have equipped them with everything they need for project success
  • Prepare for tree-planting activities when the short rains begin (Sept-Oct)


Your support means more than planting trees and protecting the planet (which is pretty important we know!), your support also means that farmers learn how to better manage the land leading to sustainable change. Your support helps improve water quality for neighbouring villages and cities in Tanzania and indeed, your support protects the endemic species living in this ecologically important part of the world by protecting the habitats in which they thrive.

Thank you.

With best wishes,

Emma

Dorice on her tree farm
Dorice on her tree farm

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Agroforestry system on a farm in Choma village.
Agroforestry system on a farm in Choma village.

Welcome to your quarterly report update on APOPO’s HeroTREEs program in Tanzania. Despite the global effects of Covid-19, our farmers remain working and are as committed as ever, to mitigating climate change and sustaining the important habitat of the Uluguru Mountains, part of the Eastern Arc range.

At least 25% of Tanzanians depend on the Eastern Arc Mountains for their water supply. The Eastern Arc is recognised internationally as an area with an exceptional concentration of unique plant and animal species.

Here’s your round up of the past few months – we couldn’t do what we do, without support such as yours, so thank you for making this possible!

APOPO’s project mission is to train local farmers and plant a total of 21,000 trees over five years. Working in partnership with Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), training is being provided to local farmers working on the slopes of the Uluguru Mountains. This will result in reduced greenhouse gases from mature trees that are being planted, conservation of tropical forest, increased water quality and quantity, elimination of slash and burn agriculture, and an increase in the carbon content of the soil. 

In the last three months, partner SAT have trained 92 farmers in the following mountain villages:

  • 20 farmers Ruvuma 
  • 24 Farmers at Mgambazi
  • 20 farmers at Tulo
  • 18 farmers at Choma
  • 10 farmers at Kisosa

This last quarter, they started work on a new tree nursery in Choma, where preparation and management of tree seedlings is ongoing. 

In December SAT carried out inspections of farms, assessing farmers for planting and maintaining trees as well as the caretaking of tree seedling nurseries. Over 85 farmers, our Tree Planting Heroes, proved eligible for payment showing that your donation has made an incredible difference, not only to the farmers and their families, but also to the local mountain communities in Tanzania, who will pass on this wisdom and care to future generations. Your contribution goes towards ensuring these trees can continue to grow and absorb carbon without the risk of being cut down. Thank you.

This week, APOPO's HeroTREEs is participating in GlobalGiving's Climate Action Appeal - donate today until Friday 23rd April 12pm EST and your donation will be doubled!

Group photo during farmer payment in February.
Group photo during farmer payment in February.

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Welcome to your quarterly report update. Even as pandemic precautions continue to affect our lives across the globe, our farmers remain on task and committed to our environmental efforts. Here’s the latest news from the field:

The last few months have been a time of training and growth for our team. We've been focused on training new farmers and setting the foundation for the future of the program.

90 total farmers were trained in the last 3 months:

  • 20 farmers at Ruvuma 
  • 20 farmers at Mgambazi
  • 20 farmers at Tulo
  • 20 farmers at Choma
  • 10 farmers at Kisosa

Our current trees continue to mature and undergo routine inspection as part of farmer training.

Your help has made a difference.

During this unusual time, while many businesses feel the economic impact of continued social distancing, rural farmers are amongst those most vulnerable to hardship and poverty. APOPO remains steadfast in our humanitarian mission to help alleviate poverty in farming communities whilst protecting the environment. We remain in compliance with the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety and stay the course of our mission.

We wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity and support during the Q4 period. Even in uncertain times, the kindness of those around us has made a huge impact on the lives of local farmers and their families. We wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and a healthy, prosperous New Year.

We hope you enjoy the photos we've attached with the report showing the progress of our farmers and we look forward to continuing our journey with you in 2021.

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