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
Working together to offset carbon.
Working together to offset carbon.

To become carbon neutral, APOPO needs to sequestrate carbon equal to 2000 planted trees a year. Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), in partnership with APOPO, developed a programme designed to empower farmers to develop their own food forests.

It’s design guarantees that each involved farmer chooses a minimum of 5 tree species which will be later planted on his or her plot. All farmers are trained in tree nursery establishment and all planted trees are from their own prepared nurseries.

News from the field:

In the first quarter of 2018 all 5 HeroTREEs groups gathered in Ruvuma, Tanzania to witness the first payment for carbon offsetting to 50 heroes. These 50 heroes from Mgambazi, Tulo and Ruvuma were each paid a share of 2,352,450 TZS in recognition of planting and caretaking some 3282 HeroTREEs on their land in 2017; each farmer was paid on the basis of the type and number of trees they were able to plant and manage.

The hard work continued into the early months of 2018 with a total of 1422 seedlings of the Acrocarpus, Albezia and Cedrela species being transplanted into farmers' fields in Choma and Kisosa. 

We received appreciation for our work, carried out in partnership with SAT, and farmers were more determined than ever to plant more trees in 2018. The chairman of Choma Street, who is also one of our HeroTREEs farmers, said:

We have never witnessed something like this in the Ulugulu Mountains; being provided with support to establish trees for our benefit and receiving payment for their establishment and caretaking -  this provides big motivation for our group in Choma to plant as many trees as we can.

Thank you for your support!

The forests of the Uluguru Mountains are of critical importance to indigenous village communities, the cities of Morogoro and Dar es Salaam, and the survival of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Furthermore, the project area is of vital importance to for Morogoro city's water supply.

On behalf of the communities involved, please keep supporting this vital work.

1422 seedlings for Choma and Kisosa.
1422 seedlings for Choma and Kisosa.
Abdalla takes care of the seedlings.
Abdalla takes care of the seedlings.
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To become carbon neutral, Apopo needs to sequestrate carbon equal to 2000 planted trees a year. Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), in partnership with APOPO, developed a programme which empowers farmers to develop their own food forests.

It’s design guarantees that each involved farmer chooses a minimum of 5 tree species which will be later planted on his or her plot. All farmers are trained in tree nursery establishment and all planted trees are from their own prepared nurseries.

Key Updates

  • APOPO and SAT launched the project with 60 farmers in 2016
  • A further 40 farmers started in 2017
  • We are pleased to announce that a further 12 farmers will be joining the program in 2018

Every year, one new group of farmers will enter the project and start planting trees. It is forecasted that a farmer will plant an average of 100 trees.

The new farmers will stay in the project for a duration of 5 years. This means that if a group of farmers enters a year, they will receive support for a duration of five years to care for and maintain the trees. With entering the 5-year cycle, the farmers receive training so that they gain the needed skill set to cultivate and maintain their own food forests.size.

Thank you for your support!

The forests of the Uluguru Mountains are of critical importance to indigenous village communities, the cities of Morogoro and Dar es Salaam, and the survival of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Furthermore, the project area is of vital importance to for Morogoro city's water supply.

On behalf of the communities involved, please keep supporting this vital work.

 

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Farmers in training
Farmers in training

We are delighted to announce that a further 40 farmers are now part of the HeroTREEs project! Together, they will plant a total of 6,000 trees before the New Year.

20 farmers from the Choma Village have already prepared and sowed 1,000 tree pots. We expect that they will a further 2,000 during the next month. This will bring the total trees planted in the Choma Village to 3,000 before the end of the year.

We have 20 farmers from the Kisosa Village who have prepared 1,500 tree pots. Similarly to the Choma Village farmers, we have a target to reach 3,000 before the year is over.

We wish our new participants all the very best!

Growing Success

As well as the new participants, we are also pleased to report on the successes of our ongoing participants

  • 40 Farmers from Ruvuma and Mgambazi have already planted 4,300 trees. They will continue planting trees during small rainy season
  • Tulo Village (20 farmers) have 2,500 trees which will be transplanted during the small rainy season
  • Tulo Village has 250 Avocados and 250 Mangos which will be grafted. This exercise will take place this year

Thank you for your support!

The forests of the Uluguru Mountains are of critical importance to indigenous village communities, the cities of Morogoro and Dar es Salaam, and the survival of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Furthermore, the project area is of vital importance to for Morogoro city's water supply.

On behalf of the communities involved, please keep supporting this vital work.

 

Farmers working hard
Farmers working hard
Planting trees
Planting trees
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Training the Farmers
Training the Farmers

Growing Success

Thanks to your support, there are a further 3 nurseries with about 12,000 seedlings. These nursuries are located in Tulo and Ruvuma street (in Mlimani wards), and Mghambazi Street (In Magadu ward).

60 farmers are enrolled in the training program, with this number expected to grow. These farmers works in the Uluguru mountains in two wards, namely Mlimani and Magadu, which are the catchments of Morogoro River.

Benefitting Communities and the Environment

Your support has helped provide nutrition and education, that will result in sustainable income for the people involved, as well as benefitting their wider communities.

The project benefits the community living in the mountains as it provides tree species (fruits and other forest trees) that will be a good source of nutrition and income for the households.

Furthermore, the knowledge of Agroforestry they get through the education and training program will help farmers to improve yields of the associated crops.

The HeroTREEs project will have marked effect on improved water quality and quantity for the Morogoro town and beyond through Hydrological system maintenance and enhancement.  The presence of trees in the catchment of Morogoro River (Mlimani ward) play vital role in:

  •  Rain water capture (increased rain)
  •  Water conservation and Sustained water discharge from the catchment  (increasing water quantity in Morogoro River)
  •  Sustained water table, flow of water springs, streams and Rivers (Increase quantity in Morogoro River)
  • Erosion control (Improved water quality in Morogoro River)

 

“As This project has come to help us protect the environment, at last  it  will help to build relations with the government that  wanted us to leave because of the effects  we used to have to the environment, thanks SAT and APOPO for providing us the opportunity to become friends of the Environment”- Pius, Farmer.

 Thank you for your support!

The forests of the Uluguru Mountains are of critical importance to indigenous village communities, the cities of Morogoro and Dar es Salaam, and the survival of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Furthermore, the project area is of vital importance to for Morogoro city's water supply.

On behalf of the communities involved, please keep supporting this vital work.

 

HeroTREEs Nursery
HeroTREEs Nursery

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HeroTREEs Success

Thanks to your support, 3375 seedlings have been distributed among 60 farmers who planted the trees in their plots. By the end of this week; a total of 4300 will have been distributed for transplanting in their areas and in public places.

We expect to plant more than 6000 seedlings from the three nurseries (Mgambazi, Ruvuma and Tulo), however many seedlings died because of drought, and gap filled seedlings are not yet ready for transplanting. Nevertheless the carbon objective of APOPO which is planting 2000 trees a year has been already achieved.

Trees Planted

Farmers have already planted a number of trees. They will report to their committees later on the exact location, amount and varieties. From the 3 established nurseries, seedlings were so far distributed from Ruvuma and Mgambazi.

The farmers suggested to plant Albezia trees as well in public areas particularly along the Road to Town (Ruvuma), to provide shade for people walking to Mlimani. The trees protect the road banks from erosion which was another reason mentioned by farmers.

Education - The Root of Success

The education side of the project is progressing well.The farmers have completed training on the following:

  • Climate change – Its Impacts in Agriculture and how to cope with Climate change (Forestation)
  • Appropriate tree planting (appropriate spacing for Timber, firewood and other uses)
  • Fruit trees improvement through vegetative propagation by grafting (theory and practical)

Future Plans

  1. We are planning on establishing new groups in other streets (in total 37 farmers) who will be trained in establishing nurseries
  2. GPS Survey of all plots (will be done with SUA University students from Field Practical Training)
  3. The planting of food trees will be ready in the small rainy season

Thank you for your support!

The forests of the Uluguru Mountains are of critical importance to indigenous village communities, the cities of Morogoro and Dar es Salaam, and the survival of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Furthermore, the project area is of vital importance to for Morogoro city's water supply.

On behalf of the communities involved, please keep supporting this vital work.

 

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APOPO vzw

Location: Morogoro, Tanzania - Tanzania, United Republic of
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Emma McEachan
Morogoro, Tanzania Tanzania, United Republic of
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