EVIDENCE that planting trees may help to address the negative effects of climate change and the recent international drive and challenge to plant one billion trees globally was taken up by the San People residing in the Nyae Nyae Conservancy to do their part to offset climate change.
The San Community have always lived off the land and they are the first to feel the effects of climate change said the Nyae Nyae Development Foundation’s Lara Diez.
The San in the Nyae Nyae Conservancy have found that trees are more resilient to drought than other plants and once established are very easily maintained. The San know trees are the way forward to combat climate change and improve food security.
Diez said and the tree planting project will help the San to adapt to climate change while at the same time help plant a fraction of the one billion trees that might help offset climate change and its impacts.
“On top of that there’s increasing evidence that planting trees may help address the negative effects of climate change. Recently the idea of planting one billion trees globally to offset climate change was proposed in a study published in the journal Science on July 4th, 2019,” noted Diez.
Many villages in the Nyae Nyae Conservancy area now have a range of trees providing shade, mulch material, and fruit with some trees even providing medicinal elements.
She further noted that the garden and tree planting project was initially focused on food security. Its aim was to increase nutrition particularly amongst children, who were actively engaged in the gardens and planting of these trees. Teaching them valuable lessons about agriculture and conservation and seeing the fruits of their labour grow and flourish and the conservancy benefit.
“Although it will take decades for new forests to mature and achieve this potential and decrease carbon globally, tree planting needs to start now. Planting trees now will safeguard future generations and combat climate change. Active planting of insect repelling plants means that no costly pesticides are needed to protect the fruit trees.”
Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry provided paw-paw and guava plants while other local suppliers have provided various citrus, grape, custard apple and moringa seedlings to give more momentum to the project.