For tree planting we start with the creation of a nursery in a biodiversity hotspot village. we need to fence and water this spot before we start to plant 1.500 seedlings.
The type of tree depends on the rainforest region. If some old trees are cut down, we want to replace them. If the nursery is ready, we have to wait 6-12 month for the trees to grow. A gardener has to care about the trees during this period.
Every new tree counts: From 2001-2021 we lost about 437 mio hectars of tree cover. Wildfires burn every year an area the size of Belgium. Maybe 30% of this loss have been recovered.
Due to rising drought in areas like Europe its not easy to plant trees everywhere. We focus on the survival of biodiversity hotspot areas like the rainforst in Congo Basin.
According to Global Forest Watch the world had 3.920 mio hectar of tree cover in 2010 extending over 30% of its land area. We shall be aware that only about 30% of the global forest are intact forest.
When trees are strong enough, we have a planting session with the entire community. This will be throughout the rainy season in the bush. Once the trees have a good place to live, we still have to care about them. Some need more furtilizer, some water during the dry season to survive. Our project leader has to visit those trees over another 6-8 month to make sure the trees will survive.
From 1.500 seedlings only a 1.000 will remain over the time.
In October 2021, Cameroon’s government revised its National Determined Contribution (NDC), committing to reduce emissions by 35 percent and secure 30 percent of its forests by 2030. Yet it also revealed its intention to allocate more than 400,000 hectares (1 million acres) of additional forests for logging, and give the green light to more projects that would destroy forests in the name of revitalising the economy (such as the Camvert project which aims to build a huge palm oil plantation in the south region of Cameroon, destroying about 60,000 hectares of pristine forest in the process).
Panafrican Dispatch May 7,2022
Planting against national trends
RESTORING THE WORLD´S FOREST
“Deforestation occurs most concentrated in tropical rainforests. Tropical forests are disappearing at a rate of about 13 million hectares per year (approximately the size of Greece). This magnitude of destruction has significant social, economic and environmental impacts, not only at local level, but also globally.”
“Central Africa’s Congo Basin forests contribute critically to global climate change mitigation, provision of rainfall to large parts ofAfrican agriculture, hydropower production, biodiversity preservation and helping meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, including the pursuit of efforts to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.”