Wikaniko has a long-term aim of planting at least 10,000 trees in arid parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently we are working with a project in Ethiopia near the town of Wolkite. This area, as with much of Sub-Saharan Africa relies has been quite seriously deforested in recent decades as people use wood for fuel, building, animal fodder and more.
By working with local partners who have a long-term track record in this region, we are really making a difference. We plant a range of native species as well as more commercial fruit trees such as apples and mangoes.
So why plant trees?
Well the benefits for local people, and indeed our planet our numerous.
Trees can provide
- food for people,
- fodder for livestock,
- building wood,
- wood for tables, chairs etc.
- Income and local businesses
- Trees help to retain water in the soil, providing shelter from direct sunlight thus allowing other plants, including crops,to grow beneath them.
- Trees help to prevent erosion by binding the soil with their roots and slowing water-movement through and over the soil in heavy storms
- trees improve the condition of the soil by increasing the nutrients through decomposition of leaf-litter
- trees and woodland provide habitat for wildlife
- trees also absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere, thus helping to reduce our carbon footprint. As trees in Africa grow about three times faster than trees in the UK, these trees will contribute more to combating climate change.
Become a Tree Amigos and join us in ‘greening’ one of the poorest and driest parts of the world. You can really make a difference to people’s lives for only £5.
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