Join an exciting reforestation and eco-education action event at the mighty Victoria Falls! Just like in 2012 and 2013, we will be planting thousands of trees and spreading education about conservation and alternative energy sources in an effort to fight the drastic deforestation in the Livingstone area – and you can be part of it! We offer you the chance to join us for one, two or three weeks to plant trees, educate children, learn about environmental issues through a range of lectures and workshops, and explore this beautiful corner of Africa!
Highlights of the event:
- Help us plant around 5000 trees at schools, subsistence farms, and in deforested areas
- Educate school children on the importance of trees, solar energy and the environment
- Create value for trees in the Livingstone communities
- Learn about alternative energy sources and spread this knowledge to local community members
- Attend lectures and debates on environmental issues by notable speakers from around the world
- Immerse yourself in Zambian culture, and plant trees together with local volunteers and school children
- Enjoy the company of dozens of other international and local volunteers
- Enjoy live music by acclaimed bands from Zambia and other African countries
- Visit the awesome Victoria Falls, and enjoy some of the exciting activities around Livingstone, such as bungee jumping, bicycle tours, lion walks and white water rafting
- Be part of the Treevolution!
Trees for Zambia: The Issue
Zambia has seen rampant deforestation in recent decades, mainly as a result of bad land management, slash and burn farming methods, unsustainable logging and tree cutting for charcoal. According to the UN-REDD programme, Zambia has approximately 50 million hectares of forest, with an estimated deforestation rate of 250,000 to 300,000 hectares per year. In an article published in The Zambia Daily Mail in July 2012 the Director of the Zambian Forestry Department, Mrs Anne Masinja, says, “Management of the forest has been a challenge following massive deforestation due to charcoal burning, unsustainable agricultural and unsustainable land use practices. It is a pity that most of the people do not realise the harm they are causing to the environment due to careless cutting of trees. Loss of forests contributes as much as 30 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions each year and this is very dangerous, we need to do something to stop this.”
The deforestation and consequent climate change result in a change in the local ecosystem, a loss of biodiversity, and increased incidence of both drought and flooding. It also means a decline in food security due to a reduction of agricultural yields and the loss of valuable forest resources. Additionally, women have to walk further to find wood, resulting in less productivity and the fact that children are being left alone at home.
Trees for Zambia: Part of the Solution
In July 2012, Greenpop successfully launched Trees for Zambia. In three weeks, and in partnership with local authorities and NGOs, we planted 4135 trees with 200 volunteers from both Zambia and around the world. It was an inspiring start to an ongoing awareness campaign to highlight the drastic deforestation and create a greener Livingstone. Trees for Zambia continued in 2013 planting a further 3358 trees. Download the summary of achievements here for 2012 & 2013.
Watch the video of Trees for Zambia here.
Our aims with Trees for Zambia are as follows:
- Create awareness around the deforestation issue and highlight grassroots solutions that can be implemented
- Develop a culture of planting trees within communities through conservation education
- Highlight the global value of conserving the world’s natural forests
- Promote and provide alternative energy sources so people can move away from their dependence on charcoal
- Educate children on their natural environment, and planting fruit trees at under-privileged schools
- Promote conservation farming methods to replace slash and burn techniques that will stop erosion and soil degradation, and create more cost-efficient farms
- Start a micro tree nursery enterprise at a selected number of subsistence farms, so that we can provide farmers with an additional income by buying trees from them
- Create an exciting and stimulating programme of practical work, lectures and workshops for local and international volunteers, through which they can educate themselves and be actively involved in environmental issues
To continue to make Trees for Zambia a success, we fully rely on the support of volunteers. As a volunteer, you will play a vital role in the project by helping us plant trees and spread education.
You will be planting trees in deforested areas around Livingstone, as well as at schools throughout the community. An essential part of our project is education. As a volunteer, you will be involved in educating children on the importance of their natural environment, and on how they can play an active role in preserving it. You’ll also assist in painting beautiful murals at schools that have an environmental message.
It’s an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in the Zambian culture, and to give children some vital knowledge about the importance of trees.
You will also attend and assist in hosting workshops for subsistence farmers, through which we promote conservation farming methods. These methods make farms more environmentally friendly and more profitable. On top of this, you will assist us in teaching people how to make solar cookers, so that the Livingstone community can move away from the dependence on charcoal.
For more information, prices and how to book please click here.
Your booking will be made direct with Greenpop, the organisers of this event - please mention that you learnt about their program through ALERT when booking. Thank you.