Reforestation Program

The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country with the most abundant water resources in Africa, the rainfall of an annual average of about 6,000 billion m3 is regular and abundant under an average of 1,545 mm / year but varies geographically from 800 mm to 1,800 mm depending on the season. The DR Congo also enjoys considerable autonomy in water, with 70% or 900 m3 / year of its natural renewable water resources estimated at 1,283 km3 / year from the different rainfall over the entire National Territory. The abundant water resources are intrinsically linked to its vast forests, which extend over more than 155.5 million hectares. The vast majority of the population of the Democratic Republic of Congo depends on sources supplied with water by dense forests (gallery forests and tropical forests) thus emphasizing the importance of forest ecosystem services for the supply in water for the benefit of local communities. However, the overall rate of deforestation at the national level perpetrated by the population itself remains relatively high, in all regions across the country, while reforestation initiatives are relatively low estimated at 0.2% / year. This phenomenon of deforestation has reached a high level today with cruising speed and directly threatens water sources by drying up and drought, and thus destroys animal habitat, makes the socio-economic life of local populations difficult, who can no longer harvest abundantly following the current adverse climatic conditions.

Plant trees is the solution to Climate change

Saplings

saplings to be planted in the Mitumba Mountain range.

Nursery preparation

bare places

Tree-planting campaign

The Project builds sustainable communities in the Eastern Congo to plant local trees at a large scale system in bare places and mountains of Mitumba range that used to be animals’ habitat, but was destroyed during the recent civil wars in the Eastern of Congo. The project aims to tackle deforestation, groundwater overdraft, erosion, and adverse climate conditions by planting local trees. The project trains local leaders on the importance of trees and the tree-planting technics. Every community leader helps his population to understand the emergency of Earth regeneration and protection. Together with the local populations plant trees, maintain them and protect them from bushfire. We partner with the local Ministry of Environment for the training curriculum development. The planted trees maintain the local climate and absorb CO2, restore animals’ habitat and biodiversity, increase rainfall and food production. 

Lisena

coffee

Guava

Community engagement

Community participation

The Project engages the Community (individual and community engagement). It requires agreement to a set of rules developed and agreed to by the stakeholders themselves; it is facilitated by enabling policies such as ‘the right for individuals and communities to benefit from their work’ through legal harvest of the trees and tree products (fruit, honey, medicines).

We germinate fruit saplings for distribution to our farmer cooperative members in order to boost social, economic, and ecological benefit among local communities.

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