The forests of the Uluguru Mountains are of critical importance globally, and to local village communities, large neighboring cities of Morogoro and Dar es Salaam, and the survival of endemic plants, birds and animals found nowhere else in the world. APOPO partnered with Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) to begin a tree planting project four years ago that will help prevent the destruction of this unique habitat, and sequester CO2, reducing climate change globally.
Local farming communities in Tanzania face many challenges such as lack of knowledge on production, lack of capital, inappropriate farm management, harsh weather conditions and limited access to markets. Using slash-and-burn methods for agriculture has placed a huge demand on the Uluguru mountain's indigenous forests, which have been shrinking exponentially with over 50 villages living right under the forest line. We want to help these communities and plant trees to help stop climate change.
To ensure that the new trees that are planted are not cut down, SAT trains small-holder farmers, teaching them new sustainable methods to revitalize their land - planting trees alongside their crops and smart organic agriculture skills that produce natural fertilizers - leading to higher crop yields, increased income and food security, resilience to a changing climate and sharing their experiences with their communities. The planting of tress will also sequester CO2, reducing climate change.
145 local farmers will receive training over a five-year period. 21,000 trees will be planted during an initial five year period with plans to reach 50,000 at the end of 10 years. The project will help promote more sustainable farming practices for the mountain village communities, and through training, these communities will practice sustainable and environmentally conscious agriculture that puts less strain on forests and other natural resources, preventing climate change.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).