The village of Changalane is unusual in the region, due to its majority adult-aged population, of which more than half are women. Historically, this village earned its livelihood through agriculture and the sale of coal, and high poverty rates mean the population relies heavily on its natural resources and forests for survival. The intensive practices of tree-cutting for firewood and charcoal has led to a heavily degraded environment.
The Changalane project employed 15 full-time nursery workers to plant and grow the seedlings, and 30 full-time planters from the local village. Through reforestation, we can help provide long-term financial stability to local families, as well as restore the terrestrial ecosystem.
Through the efforts of Ecologi and their planting partner, Eden Reforestation Projects, funding from our community supported the planting of over 2.2 million dry deciduous trees during the project period. These trees will help to re-establish a thriving ecosystem, and planting activities will prevent further deforestation by helping to alleviate local poverty.