Project location: Kabena Wereda, Welkite Municipality, and Wolkite Correction Center; Gurage Zone; SNNPR State
Implementing agencies: Greener Ethiopia and Trees for the Future
Number of nurseries: 4
Estimated number of seedlings to be planted: 1,250,000
Number of people trained: 1450
Number of green clubs established: 5
The Gurage Zone is where Greener Ethiopia first began its work in 2002. Over the past eight years, GE has planted millions of trees in the Gurage Zone, while at the same time developing a well-established program and highly experienced team of coordinators and nursery workers there. In that time they have also developed several partnerships with various communities, institutions and NGOs that each play a vital role in the implementation of their work.
In 2012, GE and their implementing partners are implementing an exciting project Kabena Woreda of Guraghe Zone, funded largely by the French Embassy in Ethiopia. They are establishing 3 new community nurseries, in Kola Kebada, Ferejate and Dumed, and will continue to work in Katbare nursery. A holistic course of training will be facilitated to community members on agroforestry,sustainable land management and livelihood development. Around 1.25 million trees will be plantedin the communities mentioned above, as well as in Keremsa, Gerbaja and Welkite Municipality.These trees will be planted to restore health to degraded lands, to assist in soil and water managementactivities, and to provide useful products such as fruit, animal fodder, fuel wood, timber and greenmanure. These products will soon be harvested by households to improve their livelihood and foodsecurity, as well as to generate income.
Project location: Duraita, Gocha, Debana, Orbale and Lehaite Kebeles, and Karat Municipality; Konso Wereda; SNNPR State
Implementing agencies: Greener Ethiopia, Trees for the Future, Konso Development Association and the Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development
Number of nurseries: 4
Number of seedlings raised and distributed: 540,000
Number of people trained: 750
Number of green clubs established: 16
Greener Ethiopia recently concluded the second year of their Konso project in partnership with the Konso Development Association and the Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development. In 2011, we expanded to two new community nurseries, bringing the total to four.
A noteworthy project in 2011 was to work with Subject Matter Specialists from the Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development to delineate a 5 ha, highly degraded watershed and implement a soil and water conservation project with the community of Duraita. In this project they mapped the area and developed a plan to build soil bunds, terraces, gabions and water catchments. With the assistance of about 500 community members they implemented the project and have planted about 100,000 seedlings within the watershed to control erosion and begin to restore the land to productivity.
In 2012, the plan is to raise and plant 540,000 seedlings. With enough funding it will be possible to raise and plant more than 780,000 seedlings altogether. Beyond planting seedlings around households and throughout Karat town to promote agroforestry practices and beautification, they will also continue to expand the restoration of Duraita watershed, and to pursue similar projects in the areas surrounding the three other nurseries. This will be coupled with a holistic training program intended to reach 750 participants from the target communities.
Project location: Fenchir Kabele; Goro Wereda; Oromiya State
Implementing agencies: Greener Ethiopia, Trees for the Future and the Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development
Number of nurseries: 1
Number of seedlings raised and distributed: 300,000
Number of people trained: 100
Number of green clubs established: 4
2012 will be the pilot year for the Goro project. At the end of 2011, an agreement was finalized with the Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development to establish a one-year pilot and two-year project to address land degradation and livelihood insecurity through implementing agroforestry and natural resource conservation projects coupled with a holistic training program in Fenchir kabele, about 150km Southeast of Addis Ababa.
Though we are establishing a nursery and facilitating training in Fenchir for the first time in 2012,Greener Ethiopia has planted seedlings with the community in years past. In the past two years, over 80,000 seedlings were distributed to Goro Wereda from Greener Ethiopia’s Katbare and Harmony Farms nurseries in the nearby Gurage Zone. These seedlings were planted primarily to control erosion, provide food and fodder for people and livestock, and for beautification.
In 2012, GE will be working with Subject Matter Specialists and Development Agents from the Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development to establish a new seedling nursery in Fenchir kabele. They will raise and distribute around 300,000 multi-purpose seedlings for planting in and around the community. They will also be providing training to community members on sustainable land management practices and livelihood development. Establishment of green clubs and women’s groups in the area will also be undertaken.