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Forest and finance in agroforestry and reforestation

A South African conservation group is enlisting local community members to grow trees to restore high-altitude mistbelt forests that are home to the threatened Cape parrot (Poicephalus robustus). Since 2011, residents of three rural communities in and around the Hogsback area have raised more than 52,000 trees โ€” including outeniqua yellowwoods (Afrocarpus falcatus), red currants (Searsia chirindensis) and white stinkwoods (Celtis africana) โ€” in nurseries supported by the Cape Parrot Project (CPP) and its partners. More than a century of selective logging for valuable hardwood timber has depleted the Eastern Capeโ€™s Amathole Mountains of mature yellowwood trees with the natural cavities in which the parrots like to nest. The forests remain susceptible. A study published last year by CPP scientists found that 32% of trees consideredย potential nest trees were also potential candidates for harvesting. The CPP planted at least 5,000 trees last year at sites in the Hogsback area in Eastern Cape province; another 10,000 will be planted this year. In addition to tree planting, the project also promotes management of non-native vegetation. CPP teams have planted seedlings in degraded areas of forest, including places overrun by invasive species like the black wattle (Acacia mearnsii). โ€œWhen our planted trees get strong enough and can handle the sun, then weโ€™ll ringbark [girdle] the big [invasives] and take them down,โ€ said Susan Wishart, project coordinator for the CPP. Income earned by 48 community members working on the project has helped them sustain their families in this economically deprived area. After months of work collecting seeds and raising seedlings, participants at the Isikhululweni nursery, on the outskirts of Hogsback, saw the fruits of their labor toward the end of last year when they earned their first payments. It was a significant moment for the team, almost all of them women. โ€œThey are now the breadwinners in their homes,โ€ Wishart said. Mistbelt forests, which span much of eastern South Africa, are vital water catchment areas and carbon sinks. Cape parrots, handsome green birds with vivid orange wing patches, can serve as a flagship species for their conservation. https://news.mongabay.com/2023/05/forests-finance-agroforestry-in-cameroon-and-reforestation-in-south-africa/

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  • Kevin

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    What a hero

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    • We Don't Have Time

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      Dear johnte ndeto Thank you for getting your climate love to level 2! We have reached out to South African Government and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! /Adam We Don't Have Time

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      • Patrick Kiash

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        Income earned by 48 community members working on the project has helped them sustain their families... That's very awesome.

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        • Joseph Githinji

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          This is the way to go for sure

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          • Munene Mugambi

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            This is a welcome initiative and I hope it goes well

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            • Lydia Lynn abuga

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              Great project

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              • Hilda Wangui

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                Recommendable project

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                • Tabitha Kimani

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                  A valuable project for the citizens and reforestation.

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                  • walter lungayi

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                    Great investment.

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                  • Annett Michuki..

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                    she is a hero

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