WeForest advances innovative, scalable and lasting solutions to restore forest landscapes for climate, people and planet. We restore ecological integrity using forest restoration methods based on scientific research and enhance human well-being in degraded areas. We currently have projects in Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Tanzania and Zambia.
Communities dependent on forest
Zambia is a country with one of the highest rates of deforestation. Approximately 300,000 hectares of Zambian forest are destroyed every year. In the Luanshya district, a lot of people turned to charcoal production and agriculture to make a living following the collapse of the mining industry in the 1990s. Yet, these activities have led to massive deforestation, which deteriorated the soil quality. The negative impacts of the environmental degradation are already being felt by the local communities.
Finding sustainable sources of income
WeForest supports farmers of the Luanshya district in restoring the native woodlands. Farmers receive training in sustainable woodlot management and biomass harvesting techniques that do not prevent natural regeneration of trees and shrubs. Farmers also plant some trees on their lands, which takes pressure off the wild Miombo woodlots, and they are offered training in production of wood chips - a more efficient alternative to charcoal.
If Miombo woodlots continue to be treated in an unsustainable way, they will quickly degrade and disappear. They are already fragmented and cannot regenerate at a fast enough pace to withstand the current rate of wood extraction. In the long run, this could result in desertification. By planting trees, we are gradually regenerating soil, reviving wildlife habitats and ensuring biodiversity conservation.
Lien du site: https://www.weforest.org/project/zambia
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