New ABCP Initiatives
This Newsletter reports on the tree planting initiatives of the ABCP during the years 2011 and 2012.
In 2011 almost 50,000 trees were planted by school groups, private users and in the village of Makuyuni. In 2012 ABCP project coordinator in Tanzania, Sebastian Chuwa, collected over one million seeds. Enlisting the help of several women’s groups, an ambitious seedling initiative was begun to germinate and transplant these seeds. The groups were successful in starting about 500,000 seedlings, not only mpingo but others that have a variety of domestic and environmental uses.
It is the intent that these seedlings be distributed to be planted by the personnel and students of several institutions and 15 schools in Tanzania where planting conditions are favorable and they will be given adequate care.
New Women's Tree Planting Groups
Three Women’s Groups are working with Sebastian in producing tree seedlings for replanting.
The Faraja Women's Group is located in Mijongweni Village, close to the Moshi Mpingo Plot, the primary nursery for the ABCP. Members of this group regularly volunteer to help with planting seedlings at the nursery and instruct volunteers in nursery practices.
The Green Garden Women’s Group has been assisted in years past by the ABCP to secure funding. This year group members are producing 30,000 seedlings for replanting.
The Mpingo Women’s Group is located in Kikavu chini, south of Moshi. The ABCP has also supported the environmental work of this group. Each of these groups aids in the cause of environmental education and awareness within its local community.
New Acreage at Makuyuni
During the past 5 years the villagers
of Makuyuni have implemented an ambitious
tree planting project funded
jointly by the Good Gifts Catalogue and
the ABCP. To date over 50,000 trees
have been planted on village land managed
by the community. Recently the
Village Council assigned another 7 acres
of village land to be designated for
mpingo. In 2011 28,000 mpingo were
planted at Makuyuni.
Our introduction to Sebastian Chuwa was in 1996 when we viewed the 1992 PBS‐TV Nature series documentary titled
“The Tree of Music” and found out about his commitment to the conservation of African Blackwood. In that film he was
shown at his nursery with mpingo seedlings he had planted. He stated, "My 200 Mpingo seedlings are obviously not enough
to make much difference compared with what is being lost. But next year I hope to have 20,000 seedlings to plant. It is vital
for me to act now rather than wait until the future when things have reached a crisis."
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