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A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life
when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.
— Elton Trueblood (1900-1994)

Cottonwood Foundation Awards Grant to ABCP Partner

In March of this year we were contacted through the ABCP website by Emmanuel Noel, a young man from Tanzania who has recently graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam with a major in Geography and Environmental Studies and a specialty in Environmental Management/Community Based Natural Resource Management.

Emmanuel expressed a desire to join our efforts for environmental conservation, with a focus on Mt. Meru, 50 miles west of Kilimanjaro. Mt. Meru, like Kilimanjaro, is a primary agricultural area for coffee, banana and various vegetable crops. It also suffers similar problems to those in the Kilimanjaro area, as recent price drops in international markets have devastated income levels of the people and led to overuse and misuse of their natural resources.

Tree cutting, increased land clearing to expand farming, charcoal production and accidental fires from honey harvesting have resulted in lessening land cover, high rates of erosion and degradation of water sources. Consequently, Mt. Meru is being stripped of its precious topsoil and its service as a primary water catchment area is being lessened year by year.

Emmanuel and ten founding members have organized a volunteer group called the Environmental Greenishing Group, or EGG, with bylaws and a constitution.

Their objectives are: 1) To work with local communities in raising awareness about sustainable natural resource management, assisting them in becoming the controllers and protectors of their local environments, 2) To help the communities to identify resources that are underutilized, misused or overutilized, 3) To help communities to establish tree nurseries and replanting programs for reforestation, afforestation, city beautification and production of needed tree products for domestic use, and 4) To establish “Environmental Education and School Greening” projects to educate school children about wise management of their natural resources.

In September the ABCP assisted the EGG in securing a grant from the Cottonwood Foundation that will be dedicated to purchasing equipment for a tree nursery along with educational supplies to expand its current community outreach.

The ABCP encourages the commitment of the EGG to the conservation of natural resources on Mt. Meru and looks forward to a long and fruitful association. 

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Emmanuel Noel and Gideon Ndukay are founding members of the Environmental Greenishing Group (EGG), a new ABCP affiliated organization implementing conservation education and tree planting programs in the Mt. Meru area of northern Tanzania.

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