A well run community tree nursery growing about 4,000 tree seedlings
Club members manage and maintain the tree seedlings ready for planting out in the rainy season
RIPPLE Africa runs a tree planting project in Malawi, Africa. RIPPLE Africa’s tree planting project has three main aims:
to provide a sustainable source of timber by planting quick growing exotic trees
to conserve existing indigenous trees by decreasing the demand for wood from Malawi’s natural forests
to restore degraded land by planting indigenous trees where appropriate
Every household grows 25 trees for fuelwood and 10 fruit trees
The household woodlot for 25 trees is 10 metres by 10 metres, and this will help to provide sustainable fuelwood
Every household will grow 5 pawpaw and 5 guava trees to provide fruit for the family
RIPPLE Africa’s tree planting project has been running since 2006, and has helped over 175 community groups to plant over 3 million trees in the Nkhata Bay District of Malawi, Africa. RIPPLE Africa’s tree planting project is the largest tree planting project in our district, and provides a long-term solution to fighting deforestation in Africa. One of the major causes of deforestation in Malawi is an unyielding demand for wood, causing the destruction of indigenous forests. RIPPLE Africa’s tree planting project directly fights this by planting thousands of quick-growing exotic trees at household level and in community woodlots, and these provide a sustainable source of firewood and timber for local people. Quick-growing exotic trees provide an immediate benefit to the community who use the trees like a crop: coppicing the tree (cutting off the branches for firewood without felling the whole tree), which then grows back quickly to provide more wood. This alleviates the significant burden on Malawi’s indigenous forests, and changes the way people in Malawi think about their natural resources. Where appropriate, RIPPLE Africa also plants indigenous hardwood trees in areas of particular degradation.
A good team spirit at Katenthere Tree Club
RIPPLE Africa encourages primary schools to plant trees
Makwalakwata Primary School has planted over 2,000 trees
RIPPLE Africa runs its tree planting project at household level as well as through community partnership. At household level, RIPPLE Africa provides tubes and seeds, together with training and monitoring, so that householders can grow 25 quick-growing trees and 10 fruit trees per household, typically in conjunction with our Changu Changu Moto fuel-efficient cookstove project. As RIPPLE Africa is now working with tens of thousands of families to build Changu Changu Motos in the Nkhata Bay District, introducing tree planting at household level has been a logical and effective method of distributing trees. At community level, RIPPLE Africa staff work with schools, individual farmers and community groups who each look after a tree nursery of around 1,000 to 5,000 trees. RIPPLE Africa coordinators provide the seeds, equipment, training, and monitoring. In return, the groups and individuals are responsible for growing, watering, planting, and looking after the trees once they are planted. Tree planting occurs in areas immediately surrounding each community group, so that the people who have volunteered their time receive a direct benefit from their labour. To date, RIPPLE Africa estimates that many thousands of people have benefited from RIPPLE Africa’s tree planting project in Malawi.
Why This Is Important
Planting out the tree seedlings in December/January, the beginning of the rainy season
A well managed woodlot of senna siamea trees: YEAR 1
Senna siamea trees grow quickly and can be coppiced after five years for fuelwood: YEAR 3
Deforestation is one of the greatest issues facing Africa today. The effects of deforestation are tangible: less rain, hotter climates, soil erosion, and drought bring famine, poverty, and starvation. Yet in Malawi, an area of forest the size of a football pitch is cut down every 10 minutes! (To find out more about deforestation in Africa, please read the General Information About the Environment in Malawi page.) RIPPLE Africa’s tree planting project is a direct solution to fighting deforestation. The importance of tree planting in the face of deforestation remains self-evident. However, simply planting more trees without addressing the demand for firewood and timber would be a losing battle! RIPPLE Africa’s tree planting project is not only about planting trees in Malawi, but is helping to halt the demand on Malawi’s existing indigenous forests, and to change the way people think about their natural environment, and the destructive and unsustainable actions which are causing deforestation. By involving individuals, community groups, local schools, and encouraging tree planting at household level, RIPPLE Africa aims not only to conduct tree planting in Africa, but to slowly change the philosophy in which people use their natural resources, forever.
What It Costs
It only costs 20p to plant one tree in Malawi, Africa! This cost is nothing compared to the significant benefit just one tree can provide. Please support this critical project and help fight deforestation in Malawi, today.
£1 pays to grow and plant 5 trees in Malawi, Africa
£500 pays to grow and plant 2,500 trees in Malawi, Africa
£1,000 pays to grow and plant 5,000 trees in Malawi, Africa
£5,000 pays to grow and plant 25,000 trees in Malawi, Africa
Senna siamea seedlings in black polythene tubes — tree planting in Africa
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