Trees for Peace

Reforestation Project
Date:May 28, 2012

Planting 1.000.000 trees to re-create the forest and its eco-system.

The responsibility lies in all our hands

Over 150.000 Trees Planted to date.

More than 165 workers and their families having a decent job and salary.

 

  • Why trees?

    Trees are amongst the most important elements in our ecological system. They clean the air and produce the oxygen all human beings and animals need. Forests offer us life, water, fruit, firewood, construction material and food for animals. Planting trees generates local jobs, income and food.
  • Where are they?

    The Nigeria government signed an agreement with ABSWP offering 400 hectares of land for reforestation. They re located in the Edo State. «Trees for Peace» results from the reciprocal trust between the Organization for Peace, the Government and the people of Nigeria.
  • What type of trees?

    We plant a variety of tree that are beneficial for the local community and the ecosystem.

    1

    MORINGA

    Called “The Tree of Life” Its leaves and seeds are used as food supplements, and contain edible oil. Is used for medicine, purifying water and much more.

    2

    GMELINA

    It is perfect for producing paper, grows quickly, can reach a height of 18 m, and as far as climate and soil are concerned it is undemanding.

    3

    TEAK

    Teak is one of the most important tropical types of wood imported by Western countries. These trees will be used only for local consumption.

    4

    OPEPE-BILINGA

    As the wood from this tree is stronger than beech and oak it is used as a building material. Its properties and condition are on a par with medium- heavy or heavy wood.

  • How is it done?

    We employ local workers from the community to plan the trees, generating decent jobs and a sense of responsibility. They have to prepare the land and take care of the trees and soil.
  • The Results

    Over 150.000 trees planted to date. 165 paid workers.
    Have worked in our plantation since the inception of the 1 million trees for peace project. Over 165 families has benefited in one way or the other by working a daily paid worker, contract staff and permanent workers. The job they got which they have paid for has help them in sending their children to schools.
    We have succeeded in providing employment in the rural areas and this has improve the standard of living of the two villages were the trees are located (Egbisi and Irhue). We also help in stopping the rural urban drift, which is a major problem in Nigeria.
    Also we are also caring out conservation activity in the forest. People are not allowed to cut down trees anymore.
  • Where money goes?

    The planting of a tree includes maintenance of the tree for at least 5 years to ensure that it is not overcome and killed off by the very invasive weeds. Native weeds in the plantations are extremely aggressive and will overcome and kill of growing trees if not cut back. After around 5 years, the trees will have grown sufficiently tall and have branches and foliage to prevent sunlight penetrating to the floor of the forest and so the weeds then no longer grow to a threatening size.

    The cost of a seedling is around 50 euros, including the clearing of the plantation of scrub shrubs and weeds which have grown over many years, the preparation of the ground ready for planting, the planting of the trees, the replacement of those which fail to grow and the maintenance of the planted area for at least five years after the seedlings have been planted.
    Local workers are paid to undertake all aspects of tree planting, which generates much-need employment in the local community. Our local project manager in the field also receives a salary.
    Additionally, overhead expenses are inevitable. These are kept to a minimum since all work in Europe is on a voluntary basis, as are all the charitable works in Nigeria. The main costs relate to the costs of converting money to other currencies and transfers to Nigeria, telephone and other communications, and miscellaneous office costs. These amount to less than € 7,000 Euros annually, irrespective of the number of trees that are planted or are being maintained. A small proportion of all donations is used for to cover these costs.

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