APOPO HeroTREEs - Carbon offsetting in Tanzania

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APOPO HeroTREEs - Carbon offsetting in Tanzania
APOPO HeroTREEs - Carbon offsetting in Tanzania
APOPO HeroTREEs - Carbon offsetting in Tanzania
APOPO HeroTREEs - Carbon offsetting in Tanzania
APOPO HeroTREEs - Carbon offsetting in Tanzania
APOPO HeroTREEs - Carbon offsetting in Tanzania
APOPO HeroTREEs - Carbon offsetting in Tanzania
APOPO HeroTREEs - Carbon offsetting in Tanzania
APOPO HeroTREEs - Carbon offsetting in Tanzania
APOPO HeroTREEs - Carbon offsetting in Tanzania
APOPO HeroTREEs - Carbon offsetting in Tanzania
APOPO HeroTREEs - Carbon offsetting in Tanzania
APOPO HeroTREEs - Carbon offsetting in Tanzania
APOPO HeroTREEs - Carbon offsetting in Tanzania
APOPO HeroTREEs - Carbon offsetting in Tanzania
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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A HeroTREE Acrocarpas during a site visit.
A HeroTREE Acrocarpas during a site visit.

Welcome to your quarterly project update. Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic many of our farmers were able to continue their vital work and it's our pleasure to bring you the following information directly from the field. 
 

Total number of trees planted:

2300 across more than 10 species of tree.


The number of farmers who received training:

20 farmers in Ruvuma

20 farmers in Mgambazi

20 farmers in Tulo

20 farmers in Choma

10 farmers in Kisosa

The training provided to these farmers covered the collection of more indigenous seeds and seedlings, plucking them out into polythene bags or planting them directly into the field. Training also covered the care of seedlings in nurseries in addition to the management of trees once planted. 

 
Plans for the next quarter:

- Identification of more indigenous seeds or seedlings to establish in nurseries.

- Management of tree seedlings across all nurseries.

 
To you, a huge thank you:

With your support this scheme has motivated farmers from all 5 areas to plant an incredible number of trees, safeguarding the forests of the Uluguru mountains. Your continued support for this project will help us continue in our efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, in addition to reducing poverty for local farmers, ensuring greater economic security. 

HeroTREEs members at their nursery.
HeroTREEs members at their nursery.
Agroforestry systems boost soil fertility.
Agroforestry systems boost soil fertility.
Group member with a newly-planted Pinus species.
Group member with a newly-planted Pinus species.
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HeroTREE farmers arrive for a 2019 project update
HeroTREE farmers arrive for a 2019 project update

Welcome to your latest HeroTREEs update!

Quarter 1 of 2020 started with a celebration of all of the successes from 2019 and in early January we were delighted to welcome all of our farmers together to provide them with a project update and payment for their hard work.

All of our farmers were delighted to catch up with colleagues from other nurseries and share their experiences with each other; our Kisosa group farmers reported successes with growing on several indiginous tree species such as Bridelia micrantha, Syzigium guineeense and Ficus sycomorus whilst the Choma Street nursery had some 1700 healthy seedlings to manage.

Thanks to your donations, local farmers are able to plant a wide variety of trees which will  safeguard the forest, and the local communities who rely upon it, by reducing greenhouse gases.

In addition to a 2019 update we're delighted to say that Q1 2020 started well with 90 new farmers trained and welcomed into our HeroTREEs family. Farmers in Ruvuma, Mgambazi, Tulo, Choma and Kisosa joined existing farmers and project managers to learn all about nursery management including how to pick out seedlings and nurture healthy specimens. 

APOPO & COVID-19

For Q2 of 2020 we can't ignore the elephant in the room - COVID-19.

As organisations that serve some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, APOPO has a duty to continue humanitarian missions with a priority for the safety and wellbeing of our staff and the families that depend on us. Here at APOPO we, and our partner Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania, are adjusting how we work in line with the latest national government and World Health Organisation (WHO) guidance to keep working as much as possible while ensuring we keep everyone safe. 

We wish you and your families, dear supporter, the best of health during this uncertain time. 

HeroTREES project manager provides 2019 update
HeroTREES project manager provides 2019 update
A HeroTREE Farmer signs receipt of payment
A HeroTREE Farmer signs receipt of payment
Choma St. nursery looked after some 1700 seedlings
Choma St. nursery looked after some 1700 seedlings
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Location: Morogoro, Tanzania - Tanzania, United Republic of
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Emma Mortiboy
Morogoro, Tanzania Tanzania, United Republic of
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