Population: 7 billion

population-294x224This 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.

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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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