"The poorest people on the planet are the most vulnerable to climate change."
Environment: New solutions can't repeat old problems
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Green Schools: Trees & Soil Conservation
Conservation starts at the soil and continues to the branches
In much of Malawi the soil is literally exhausted. With wood as the main source of cooking fuel, and an economy that is over 80% agricultural, it's no wonder that dust storms are the scourge of school playgrounds, while the soil struggles to produce healthy food.
The Green Schools Network currently encompasses 11 schools (with plans for 4 more in 2023/24) and as part of its plan, not only are children taught permaculture and soil conservation to tend thriving school gardens, but the school property is home to trees - both fruit-bearing and shade - to increase the nutritional yield while also keeping down dust storms which lead to headaches and school absences.
11 schools serving over 11,000 students have school gardens, planted fruit and shade trees and improved the soil which grows richer from conservation techniques that replenish its nutrients. Read about other aspects of Green Schools in nutrition and sanitation and hygiene.
Restoring riverbanks and land rehabilitation in Tanzania
Over-use and poor use of a mighty river threatens the lives of all
The Rubana River originates in the Serengeti National Park and eventually flows into Lake Victoria. But in the Bunda District of Northern Tanzania, the ecosystem is damaged from over-grazing, poor agronomy and deforestation.
Approximately 990 farmers (50 per cent of whom are female) were direct beneficiaries of this project, which includes adoption of CPAR's Farmer Field Schools on improving agronomic practices.
Meanwhile, trees and grass were planted to stabilize and protect riverbanks from further erosion.
Established two tree nurseries and supported the planting of over 180,000 tree seedlings in schools, households, and open land areas.
Constructed eight bio-gas and two energy saving stove demonstration sites (to reduce dependency on wood for cooking).
Provided trainings and equipment to manage 500 acers of land for controlled livestock grazing. This ensures that farmers’ crops are used for the nutritional needs of the farmers and their families.
Conducted trainings on rainwater harvesting dams and irrigation systems to help water crops during dry periods.
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