ITF appoints three new Trustees

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.

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Innovative community forestry in Tanzania

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.

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Establishing Kenyan tree nurseries

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.

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Tackling deforestation through local community forestry

A traditional and long-held view holds that the best way to conserve forests is to lock them away in protected areas. However, the results of a new study have added to a growing challenge of this approach suggesting that tropical forests designated as strictly protected areas have annual deforestation rates much higher than those managed by local communities.

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Women farmers regenerate barren land in Ghana

Ghana has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world and this sustained tree loss has resulted in severe desertification.  This loss of fertile land has worrying implications for the livelihoods of people living in these districts but there is also hope that the trend can be reversed after women in northwest Ghana have successfully regenerated about 1,000 acres of barren land for agriculture and other purposes.

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