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In 2012, Greenpop launched Trees for Zambia, a reforestation and eco-awareness project which began with a 3-week tree planting event and was followed by an ongoing campaign to inspire awareness about deforestation, climate change, tree planting, environmental sustainability and alternative energy sources. Trees for Zambia 2013 will be the second Action Event hosted in Livingstone to boost the project and plant over 5000 trees in schools, on subsistence farms and reforestation sites. Again we’ll host educational workshops for school children, subsistence farmers and volunteers. Trees for Zambia is a holistic awareness campaign based on getting people active about making sustainable changes.
Huge shout-out to our valued 2013 GREENPOP ZAMBIA PARTNERS. See a selection of PHOTOGRAPHS HERE and a SUMMARY OF TFZ 2012 HERE
This video, made by our partners Makhulu Moving Images, shows what happened last year. Watch and join us in 2013. We’re also filming more footage for a feature documentary – Falling Forests.
Be part of this ongoing eco drive! We have started planning for 2013 and have one, two and three week options from 7 to 28 July 2013. Please complete the form below and we’ll send you the details. People from African countries should email us for discounted prices in Rands (email@example.com) Download this PDF with info on coming along. For more information on the whole Trees for Zambia project and the challenges in Zambia, download the Concept Note here.
Please read below, use the ‘Gift Trees’ button to buy trees or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a full sponsorship proposal and to discuss your involvement. You can also download our Tree Proposal here for companies wanting to sponsor trees. For individuals or companies interested in sponsoring our Solar for Trees arm of this project (as we believe in offering a viable alternative to tree cutting for charcoal in conjunction with planting trees), please contact email@example.com and we’ll send the proposal. Read here for a summary of the project.
To keep Trees For Zambia up and running we need volunteers & we need trees - both are equally important to the project. We’ve launched a campaign which allows you to raise funds for trees on Greenpop’s behalf from anywhere in the world and get your fees for the project reduced or free. Become an activist, raise funds for trees and join us in Zambia in 2013. For full details please download this instruction document or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have an exciting opportunity for post-graduate students who want to do part of their research during the Trees for Zambia project in July 2013. We’re offering 3 free placements to successful applicants (excluding getting there and insurance). Read more and apply here
Zambia has seen rampant deforestation in recent decades, mainly as a result of bad land management, slash and burn farming methods, unsustainable logging and tree cutting for charcoal. According to the UN-REDD programme, Zambia has approximately 50 million hectares of forest, with an estimated deforestation rate of 250,000 to 300,000 hectares per year. In an article published in The Zambia Daily Mail in July 2012 the Director of the Zambian Forestry Department, Mrs Anne Masinja, says,
“Management of the forest has been a challenge following massive deforestation due to charcoal burning, unsustainable agricultural and unsustainable land use practices. It is a pity that most of the people do not realise the harm they are causing to the environment due to careless cutting of trees. Loss of forests contributes as much as 30 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions each year and this is very dangerous, we need to do something to stop this.”
Read our Concept Note about the challenges and the Trees for Zambia project here.
1. Create awareness around the deforestation issue and highlight grassroots solutions that can start being implemented
2. Develop a culture of planting trees within communities through conservation education, and by teaching people how to plant and look after trees
3. Highlight the global value of conserving the world’s natural forests
4. Promote and provide alternative energy sources, so that people can move away from the dependence on charcoal
5. Start reforestation in protected forest sites to replace the pioneer trees, allowing for new growth and regeneration of soil content
6. Educate children on their natural environment, and help feed them by planting fruit trees at under-privileged schools
7. Promote conservation farming methods to replace slash and burn techniques that will stop erosion and soil degradation, and create more cost-efficient farms
8. Start a micro tree nursery enterprise at a selected number of subsistence farms, so that we can provide farmers with an additional income by buying trees from them
9. Create an exciting and stimulating programme of practical work, lectures and workshops for local and international volunteers, through which they can educate themselves and be actively involved in environmental issues
Click here to read all about it
And click here to watch the awesome video by Makhulu Moving Images
You can contribute to our project by gifting a tree – or lots of trees. Every tree counts! You’ll be assigned a tree in Zambia and sent its GPS coordinates! Click the ‘Gift Trees’ tab to purchase trees through the Greenpop website. Or download a Tree Sponsorship Proposal here.
Are you a company interested in getting involved as part of your CSR programme on an ongoing basis or as a sponsor for the 2013 event? Find out what we can offer you in return by emailing email@example.com or downloading our Tree Proposal.
Jan McAlpine, Director United Nations Forum on Forests, addresses Greenpop’s Trees for Zambia project and calls for sponsorships. If you are thinking of gifting trees to this project, watch this.
Trees for Zambia is the start of an ongoing campaign to make Zambia a greener and more sustainable place.
© Sydelle Willow Smith