3 educational tree focused wall murals were facilitated, with the children coming up with the pictures, words and design themselves. 1000 Banana trees were planted at Livingfalls Biopower Banana Plantation as part of a supportive partnership with this local bio-digester initiative. The Livingfalls Biopower initiative aims to provide an alternative, renewable energy source to the local community and hotels in Livingstone. 1064 indigenous trees were planted in a reforestation effort in a concession area of Dambwa forest in partnership with the African Lion 7 Environmental Research Trust. 24 indigenous trees were planted on the 2nd Friday of Trees for Zambia at the beautiful Victoria Falls in partnership with the National Heritage Conservation Commission. 300 Orange trees and 307 faidherbia albida trees were planted with a group of subsistence farmers at a cooperative community farm called Sons of Thunder. A Food Forest with 57 trees was created at the farm.
20 handmade solar cookers were made out of recycled materials during the 3 weeks. Solar cookers are one of the cheapest, safest and most resource-efficient methods of cooking. 2 Eco workshops were held for local school’s eco-club participants to foster eco-education through engagement, action, creation and fun!
Some of the participants in this fun-filled project of tree planting, education, seed propagation and solar cooking demonstration included:16 Schools; 1 women’s group; 1 church; and 1 small community farm
3 Speaker evenings were held each Thursdays during the project to educate and inspire. Some of the many speakers during the course of the project include:
· Evelyn Roe, a botanical researcher from Bovu Island, on the Zambezi, shared her research on the sustainable harvesting of wild plants used for medicine.
· David Youldon, CEO of African Lion & Environmental Research Trust spoke about the ALERT project and the value of trees for lions in Africa.
· Wanjira Mathai, daughter of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai and Director of the Green Belt Movement, sent a direct video message to the Greenpop volunteers, and many more speakers.
Trees for Zambia 2013 was the 2nd Action Event to boost Greenpop’s ongoing project in Zambia. Moving forward, Greenpop plans to strengthen partnerships, work closely with local authorities to ensure trees are planted sustainably, work on land management plans to support natural reforestation, further develop eco awareness campaigns through radio, video and theatre as well as researching ways to look into job creation and local innovation through green initiatives.
For the full Trees for Zambia 2013 Concept Note, click here: http://www.greenpop.org/wpcontent/uploads/2013/01/Trees-for-Zambia-2013-Concept-Note.pdf
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