Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
Planting and reforestation
About the Implementing organization
Name: Youth Network for Development (Jeunesse en Chaine pour le Developpement, or JCD)
Country: Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
Year of establishment: 2016
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Youth group or association
Youth involved in JCD plant shade trees and fruit trees, as well as flowers and vegetables. These improve green spaces for community well-being and provide a source of nutrition. Their counselors are working on a way of cooking which does not involve using or cutting wood. JCD plans on planting trees in rural areas and creating more green spaces.
Type of Action
Restoration / Sustainable use
Sustainable Development Element
Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Peace and security / Climate action
Youth have planted flowers, vegetables as well as fruit and shade trees. (Some people who do not have garden space have plants growing in sacs). The fruit and vegetables contribute towards food security among families and for some, a source of income. The shade trees improve the sense of well being in the area. Planting additional trees in rural areas, combined with trees already planted, will be an effort at combating climate change. And learning to cook without cutting trees will protect trees and forests.
Sustainable Development Impacts
1) Poverty--Some who plant vegetables and fruit trees have a source of income.
2) End Hunger--the vegetables and fruit provide a source of nutrition
5) Gender equality--projects engage young women and girls
13) Climate change--planting trees will can assist with climate resilience
15) Sustainably manage forests--planting trees and cooking without the use of wood or cutting trees will help preserve the trees we now have
The project is moving out towards rural and other areas so that others can also learn about the environment, benefits of sustaining it, and about sustainable development. It will grow because more province representatives and youth ambassadors have been trained and we are partnering with groups which can help expand it.
The project could be replicated by persons or organizations who engage with youth and hear their concerns; provide them with environmental education; create well-coordinated environmental activities with other youth, church or civic groups and involving proper tools; gain support of adults; and train provincial representatives and youth ambassadors who can expand the reach of the project and motivate other youth.
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