KDA Gersale Tree nursery
KDA-Global Giving Project - Tree Planting Project Report
(Donate a Tree for Jobs & Conservation in Ethiopia)
December 2012 – February 2013, three months’ report
KDA is linking Environmental Rehabilitation, Protection and Development interventions to ecotourism as tourism is one option for Development and to fight Poverty. The Konso area or district is one of the known tourism destinations in southern Ethiopia. The settlement style; traditional rural villages/towns; the Konso cultural landscape; the indigenous intensive agriculture techniques such as indigenous soil and water conservation terraces; mixed cropping; agro forestry practices; cultural statues; walled villages, Mora or cultural gathering areas and traditional handcrafts/arts are some of the tourist attractions in the area. The KDA tree planting activity will help to diversify the tourism market, create jobs for the community members, enhance visitor’s interaction with the community, their contribution in rehabilitating the degraded environment and above all conserve the environment. The tree planting activity was launched by Konso Development Association/KDA and Ethiopian Sustainable Tourism Alliance/ESTA. People who are more responsible for the environment and interested in planting a tree provide a fund of US$20 for a tree that is planted in his/her name. The tree planting activity is linked with Global giving to receive donations on the Global giving website to support the activity.
During the last three months 8 tourists (foreigners) have participated in the tree planting at the field level to plant tree in their name. Each has planted one tree and donated US$20 (Total is US$160). 10 female community members participated in the plantation and management of the trees. The seedlings were tagged. The trees are in good condition at the field and the community members will continue to care for the trees until they are well established. Some pictures from field are also included here with the report.
KDA has also continued to strengthen the linkage of the tree planting activity with tour and travel agencies in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. This is in turn to strengthen the participation of tourists or visitors in tree planting to conserve the environment and to create jobs in Konso. For this matter refresher training was held for the Konso local tour guides and with the community conservation area members about tree planting and management and how to guide tourists arriving for the tree planting activity.
The KDA – Gersale tree nursery has continued to produce different tree seedlings for plantation. The KDA project nursery has financial support from Greener Ethiopia, to which the tree planting activity is linked for provision of seedlings.
Fundraising and Public Relation Department
Konso Development Association/KDA
Sample from KDA Tree plantation project site
Sample from KDA tree plantation site2