Tree Planting Program
Two tree species are the focus of this project – the Milicia excelsa (commonly called ‘Iroko’) in southwestern Nigeria and the Hallea ledermannii—commonly called ‘Abura’ in the Niger Delta. Our project attempts to reforest patches of degraded forest land with these important tree species in target areas in collaboration with local communities.
We are working towards the propagation and replanting of;
- Milicia excelsa – Listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of threatened species due to recent onslaught of overexploitation, the Milicia excelsa commonly known as ‘iroko’ or African Teak) is a tree species found in much of tropical Africa. The ‘iroko’ is a large deciduous tree growing to 50 metres (160 ft) high. The trunk is bare lower down with the first branch usually at least 20 metres (66 ft) above the ground.
- Hallea ledermannii commonly called ‘Abura’, a forest tree species restricted to swampy areas, rivers and also coastal regions. The tree is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List due to overexploitation mostly for timber. A gregarious, fairly soft-wooded tree of swampy areas in the evergreen and deciduous forest zone; can grow into a tree of 35 m and 100 cm. This tree is one of the important food trees of the critically endangered Niger Delta red colobus monkey and also valuable for timber.
Community Livelihood Support
Through Focus Group Discussions and other forms of consultations with farmers and other user groups, we are exploring options for alternative livelihood projects that will not negatively impact natural habitats and wildlife populations and also linking these user groups with collaborative partners-donors to raise funds and build capacity for micro-projects and enterprise. One such livelihood support is our current drive to train and provide initial start-up stock for poultry farming.
In addition, sensitization workshops will be organized for certain groups such as the Hunters’ Association, Farmers’ Association etc., where they can also be trained on alternative sources of livelihood for example poultry, fish pond entrepreneurs and so on. Occasionally, TV shows is also organized in the community centers or town halls where documentaries are shown and discussion forums are encouraged.