Improving livelihoods and countering desertification
This Sebe Educational Trust project ‘Combat Climate Change Through Promotion of Afforestation and Agro-forestry’ will be implemented in Matungu district in western Kenya. The project will bring large investments to this country, with the principle benefits going to rural areas where new forests and community agroforestry can easily be established. The activities we want to carry out first are to get detailed assessments of the needs and current situation in whole region, undertake consultations with all stakeholders, create awareness, identify potential target areas and the acquisition of facilities. This will enable capacity building in terms of development of skilled human resources, infrastructure and facilities including institutional strengthening as a prerequisite for planning and implementing adaptation to climate change.
Specific human resource capacity needs include short and long term training including specialization in the areas of agroforestry, high-risk areas of soil erosion, environmental management and program awareness to farmers, foresters and agricultural extension workers, and theestablishment of community tree nurseries in Matungu district. We believe forestation is the best solution to combat climate change. Reforestation is probably also the best long term solution in relation to abating deforestation because it provides alternative wood supplies that can take the pressure off the natural forest.
The implementation of this project will have the following aims:
- To improve the training of forestry technicians with particular focus on changing ideas.
- To help set up project management at the sites dominated by farmers and to improve their organization capacity.
- To establish mini-nurseries and train the local (beneficiaries) in breeding technology, so they can learn some skills through the project and improve their capacity for self-development.
Project beneficiaries will participate in and have decision-making rights in the whole project including planning, implementation and distribution of benefits.Community members will be highly involved in project participation and implementation with goal to improve the ecology through establishing community forests, promoting the rural economy and increasing farmers’ income. The forests will improve the aesthetics and the rural environment, increase forest resources and vegetation coverage and guarantee agricultural production as well as providing the people with fuelwood and cash crops to increase their income and achieve social benefits.
The conditions for implementation of the project will be explained to the rural people who are authorized to make decision on where to create community forests and how to manage the forests. This will increase the dependence of the beneficiaries on the project, improve their organizational and managerial capacity and decrease their reliance on donors. Sebe Educational Trust will involve other stakeholders in project planning measures to improving project management, education and data collection, monitoring programmes, an extensive awareness campaign targeting all facets of the population and to reduce humanitarian stresses and environmental degradation as a result of climate change impacts.
The project will bring substantial benefits to local communities in education, job creation, environmental protection and direct financial rewards, while protecting precious biodiversity at the same time.
This will prove that well designed, well managed REDD projects can succeed in Africa.
Wining this a ward has raised our visibility in the field of forestry.
This is different from others awards as APE will give us long-term support by putting us in touch with policy makers, potential funders and other award-winners who we can share ideas with.