Diverse tree planting program
About the Implementing organization
Name: Care & Action Research Non-Governmental Organization (CaRE-NGO)
Year of establishment: 1994
Type of organization: Legally recognized non-profit status
Most rural communities of the world largely depend on their locally sourced materials like soil/earth/laterite for construction purposes of house/road. When they do this they sometimes over do it or over exploit the area leaving behind exposed surface soil with vegetation cover, dangerous pits and the rate of covering up of the area is very slow. This can lead to soil erosion and other vagaries. The local people in the project area use laterite dug near the houses to make local bricks (tobali). In addition, precious stone mining in the area has destroyed the vegetation and led to mining ponds and dangerous pits. The miners did not cover the pits back neither did they plant trees back. This project through the support of GEF/SGP/UNDP, working in collaboration with Kaduna State Ministry of Environment and Natural resources provided over 3,000 various species of economic trees to the community members- both men and women, young and old and schools around for them to plant in such devastated area. This has not been the case before. Such a coming together of CaRE-NGO, governmental agency and international organization has never taken place in the area.
Men and women and children were taught how to bud mangoes and oranges for sustainability and transfer of skills.
Alternative means of livelihood training and skills enhancement were done.
Rural and functional skills acquisition center/equipped provided at Fai and Kurmin Jatau with computers and peripherals like printers and generators.
Forests / Grasslands / Drylands / Wildlife
Type of Action
Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Mainstreaming into sectors / Access and benefit sharing / Awareness and education / Advocacy for land & water rights
Sustainable Development Element
Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Water security / Peace and security / Renewable energy / Climate action
This project among other things has succeeded in conserving the forest resources and restoring degraded which has been wasted through her various interrelated activities of working with the community leaders, women and men and youths and governmental agencies like Kaduna State Ministry of Environment and politicians. The various enlightenment activities changed the attitude and behaviour of the people towards having a green environment. The training on alternative means of livelihood, the information, communication and education carried out gone a long way in sensitizing/helping the people & alleviated poverty. They acquire skills on different trades in their community. This has helped in diverting their attention away from excavation of earth for local block making and precious stones mining. 3000 economics trees were distributed. More trees have been planted by the community members themselves in order to protect their environment from the dangers posed by climate change.
Sustainable Development Impacts
The communities now own 100% of the project after CaRE-NGO has left. The trees are fruiting and they have introduced measures of safe-guarding the trees from roaming cattle and goats. It has been reported during monitoring and evaluation visits that the locals smear defecation of the cows on leaves of their trees to wade off cows from eating their trees and crops. They have introduced mulching to conserve water for their trees. Some have dug wells just to cater for the irrigation needs of their trees. They have introduced manure as a form of fertilizer to their trees. They now cover their trees with nets to prevent animals from eating them up. Community members are now in charge of the skills acquisition centers which are still functioning several years after CaRE-NGO left.
The success story recorded in Fai prompted other communities to demand that the same project be carried out in their communities. CaRE-NGO in collaboration with Kurmin Jatau community wrote a project proposal to GEF/SGP/UNDP. The skills acquisition centers in Fai and Kurmin Jatau Districts are still being managed by the community. Although the life span of the project has since expired, the skills acquisition remains functional in the 2 Districts. The then Jaba Local govt Chairman who was represented at the official commissioning of the skills acquisition center promised to support the project and to provide funds so it can be replicated in other wards. The success story of this project has since been published and shared in an international journal – Title: Socio-economic Issues and Land Degradation in Fai Environs of Jaba LGA of Kaduna State, Nigeria. Published in International Organisation of Scientific Research, Journal of Engineering (2012), Nov. Vol. 2 Issue 11 Page 6-17.
This project is a clear demonstration of how an NGO- CaRE-NGO with the support of GEF/SGP/UDP to work with community members and even governmental agencies like the Kaduna State Ministry of Environmental and Natural Resources, together with the press can bring into front burner some of the challenges the rural poor are facing and bring along local politicians, traditional rulers and policy makers in order to bring about positive change and solve environmental problems that we have in any part of not only Nigeria but the whole world.
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