Plant With Us in Tanzania
We learned of an opportunity to plant in Tanzania through a friend’s recommendation and ForestNation has been planting there since 2015. Our main goal in this region is to plant 100 million trees to restore 90,000 hectares of land.
When you order a new Forest in Tanzania, a notification alerts our team in Africa to start growing your trees in a nursery environment where the seedlings are nurtured until they’re ready to plant. Once conditions are favorable (usually from October to December or from March to June), the trees are planted.
Once the forest is established, the village environmental committee congregates to discuss reforestation plans. They meet each weekend to actively protect the forest from fires and trim the trees in the event of heavy rainfalls.
For five consecutive years after planting, the team monitors their growth periodically to ensure the trees reach full maturity without interference from weeds/non-native plant species or other environmental factors.
In the Eastern and Western Usambara Mountain Ranges where we plant,
heavy deforestation has ruined the livelihoods of many locals. We aim to reverse that and improve life for the surrounding communities in a number of ways:
- By providing seedlings to families to plant on their farms. Once they mature, they produce a regular harvest, yielding food and potential income.
- By cultivating 100 mature fruit-bearing trees, $173 of income* will result for Tanzanian growers and yield 10 tons of oxygen per year. (*estimated income based on 5 year projected data from trees planted in 2019-2020)
- By closing the inequality gap by offering employment to 200 women year-round and up to 800 women seasonally.
- By growing fruit trees in school backyards through our Green Schools Program, where we empower students who visit the nurseries regularly to learn about horticulture and botany. They help plant the trees that beautify their school and the food grown provides an additional source of nutrition.
- By sequestering approximately 2.50 tons of CO2 per year.(per 100 mature fruit-bearing trees), you erase the CO2 footprint for 2 passengers taking a roundtrip flight from New York to Los Angeles.
- By planting 10,000 trees you reforest 10 hectares of land.
- By planting trees along riverbanks, which ensures a fresh water supply.
- By planting varieties that yield fruit, medicine and oil.
- By providing additional timber for the local wood industry to source.
- By building community amongst village volunteers who foster brotherhood as they support tree planting activities and learn more about the environment.
- By enhancing natural resources that help farmers produce better crops.
- By inspiring tourism with greener landscapes.
Native Trees We Plant in Tanzania
Fruit: Avocado, Peach, Loquat, Banana, Moringa, Plum, Orange, PawPaw, Papaya (1 – 3 years gestation to bear fruit)
Forest: Lavofia Caffra, Albizia Schimperiana,
Croton Megalocapus, Makhamea Lutea, Pinus Patula,
Cypress Lusitanica, Podocarpus Usambariansis, Leucaena,
Croton Microsachers, East African Camphorwood (1 – 2 years to reach maturity)
To ensure high survival rates, each tree we grow is from the same forest—same macro climate, same soil, same ecosystem.
The United Republic of Tanzania became independent in 1964 when Zanzibar and Tanganyika merged. Often referred to as “The Cradle of Civilization,” northern Tanzania is where the oldest human skull was found.The citizens hold general elections every five years to name their leaders, even with 90% of Tanzanians living in rural areas. Over 120 tribal groups are represented across the country.
Tanzania is the largest of all countries in East Africa and is bordered by the Indian Ocean. Once entirely bush and savanna, the landscape is now semidesert. The country is home to over 400 million wild animals, which include zebras, giraffes, lions, wildebeests, crocodiles and giant turtles. In addition, Tanzania boasts the largest population of elephants that remain.
5 Fast Facts About Tanzania
- Jane Goodall completed her famous chimpanzee studies in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park.
- Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park has changed very little in over a million years, earning it the title of one of the oldest ecosystems on Earth.
- Swahili and English are the official languages of Tanzania, though over 100 more languages are also spoken.
- Tanzania is home to the tallest mountain in Africa—Mount Kilimanjaro, which stands nearly 6,000 meters above sea level.
- The wildlife in Tanzania represents over 400 different species of animals.
- All trees are registered with the United Nation’s Environment Programme’s (UNEP) “Plant for the Planet” Trillion Tree Campaign.
- All trees absorb C02, offset carbon emissions and create sustainable livelihoods.
Projects focus on contributing toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals:
- No Poverty
- Zero hunger
- Clean water and irrigation
- Decent Work And Economic Growth
- Industry, Innovation And Infrastructure
- Climate Action
- Life On Land
- Partnership For The Goals
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