Since 2009 ITF have been working with SUNARMA (Sustainable Natural Resource Management Association) to deliver the Wof Washa Natural Resources and Land Use Management Project and we are pleased to announce that the project is progressing very well with some major breakthroughs occurring during the past year of the project.
Deforestation is accelerating across Africa, killing wildlife and weakening the ability of the continent’s ecosystems to withstand climate change, especially in the area of food security.
ITF have recently partnered with Trees for Cities on the ELHAP Heritage Orchard Preservation Project. ELHAP is a leading adventure playground for children with disabilities in Essex, including an area of historic orchard.
ITF have received a very encouraging end of year report from Sahel Eco, our project partners in Mali who are managing the Re-greening Sokura project.
In case you have not already seen it, make sure you watch this remarkable video produced for the International Year of Forests.
ITF had some generous prizes donated for their first ever online raffle and the three people that won them were delighted! After a month of internet ticket sales, the winning numbers were drawn on a rainy Thursday morning in the ITF office.
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