Like many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Rwanda has suffered from widespread deforestation. However, in recent years the Rwandan government has taken steps to reverse this trend and in the past few days, Stanislas Kamanzi (Minister of Natural Resources) announced an ambitious new plan to achieve 30 percent forest cover by 2020.
This week, the human population reached a new milestone – 7 billion. The exact time of birth of the 7-billionth baby was unknown but births in general around the world on Monday 31st October 2011 were celebrated.
Amid the celebrations however, are an increasing number of voices concerned with the strain that humanity’s growing population is placing on the environment and resources around us. These fears are particularly relevant for poorer, developing countries where people do not always have reliable access to the basic elements needed for survival e.g. water, food, fuel and shelter.
This project has seen some real successes for empowering repatriated women in Kazimia, the area of the Congo where this project is focused.
An area of 350 metres has been cultivated at Mwakilinda for the repatriated women to use and one tree nursery has transplanted 19,256 seedlings to date.
This project has had an extremely positive impact on, literally, thousands of beneficiaries in urban Malawi.
There were the students and teachers from four local schools who were able to establish school woodlots. There were the three thousand individuals from five local churches who plan to look after the woodlots
The mid-term report from our partners, Church Mission Society (CMS) in Sudan is full of good news. Where to start? There is the newly established arboretum with samples of indigenous and agro-forestry tree species.
Mike Turnbull, Roger Leakey and Robert Mathers have all joined the ITF Board of Trustees. The three appointments mark the latest step in a series of moves that has seen ITF reinvent itself for the 21st Century, the organisation is now well placed to expand upon the community forestry projects that have formed the cornerstone of its work for the last 87 years.
ITF has formed partnerships with two leading community based NGOs in Tanzania.
The first project, Conserving high biodiversity forests in the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania is about to get underway in the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania located in Kilombero District, Morogoro Region and Mufindi District, Iringa Region.
ITF and Trees for the Future have agreed a joint project over two years in Senegal. The community based agroforestry programme will be sited in the Kaffrine Region where the agrarian population is afflicted by rampant poverty, malnutrition and a deteriorating environment.
ITF and new partner the Environment & Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) have agreed an exciting new initiative to protect the Lebialem Highlands/ Mt Bamboutos Montane Forest in Northern Cameroon. This is an extension of existing work which primarily aims to conserve the only remaining unprotected montane forest ecosystem in Cameroon.
Not even halfway through this project and so much has been achieved already! The Save Mount Kenya Forest from Extinction Group (SMKFEG) has been working tirelessly since they received funding from ITF for a project which started in May 2011.
The first thing they did was bought all the equipment they needed which included 3 watering cans, 5 pangas (machetes), 50,000 polythene bags and three lorry loads of manure! It then took them two months to put all the soil into the polythene bags.