Communities plant 6,575 indigenous trees for the future

Just 1,000 timber seedlings could generate >$100,000 for Tanzanian communities!

Dada Fatuma set to plant the last seedling of the day in Nainokwe Village.

MCDI staff and the enrichment planting team after a busy day planting seedlings in Nainokwe Village Land Forest Reserve.

Dr. Kilahama planting Mkongo seedling in Liwiti Village Land Forest Reserve.

We've been busy kick-starting the year by planting seedlings in local community forests. We planted 6,575 trees in seven village's forests in January alone, bringing us more than half way towards our target to plant 10,000 seedlings before the end of the rainy season in May.

The trees we plant are indigenous timbers, such as East African Blackwood ('Mpingo' in Swahili, Dalbergia melanoxylon) and Mkongo (also known as Pod Mahogany, Alfzelia quanzensis). When these seedlings grow into mature trees, they will become a valuable asset for local communities, who can harvest the timber sustainably, using revenues to improve local livelihoods and infrastructure. This provides strong incentives for local people to continue caring for their local forests.

Combating deforestation is a team effort...
We have a new partner for our enrichment planting programme: for each piece of jewellery you buy from Nyumbani Design, a donation will go towards communities planting indigenous trees for the future.

"It was inspirational to see MCDI staff and the local people in Liwiti Village coming together to plant trees for future generations, persisting even in the torrential rain we had that day. I was proud to be involved in an effort that, although seemingly small in such a big world that we live in, is contributing to global efforts to combat climate change." - Dr. Felician Kilahama, Chairman of MCDI's Governing Board and Retired Director of Forestry and Beekeeping, Tanzania.

Together, we are working to halt forest lost by 2020. The resulting conservation of forest cover will help the global fight against and increase communities' resilience to climate change.

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