Project spreads its seeds

2008-06-14 00:00

What began as a unique initiative aimed at protecting biodiversity and helping to alleviate poverty in rural Kwazulu-Natal, has now proved so successful that facilitators, The Wildlands Conservation Trust, have recently announced plans to extend their Indigenous Trees For Life (ITFL) programme to other parts of South Africa.

Although ITFL will be joining forces with already existing projects, the aim of the programme will remain the same, namely to provide a sustainable source of income for the “poorest of the poor” in the communities, while simultaneously growing indigenous trees for greening those areas and for use in carbon sink projects (of which four have already been established in KZN) —with the added benefit of increasing environmental awareness. The Trust is also hoping to use the ITFL programme as a means for expanding their activities in these areas, explains Dale: “Through Indigenous Trees for Life we can create a foundation in the area and then spread our sphere of influences from there, depending on the conservation needs in that area’. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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