The project aims at raising native tree seedlings of Rau forest reserve and then supplying them to different groups and the community member around the edge of the forest where deforestation is a serous problem then transplant the same species outside the forest to reduce pressure of over exploitation of forest resulting to deforestation as the community will be able to depend on their own trees harvesting.
TARGETED TREE SPECIES
The tree seedling which will be raised is the native valuable tree species of Rau forest reserve which are also highly illegally harvested in the forest that includes, Milicia excelsa (Mvule), Lovoa swynnertonii (Brown mahogany), Tectona grandis (Teak tree or Mtiki), Oxsytigma msoo (Msoo-mti,) Accacia xanthoplea (Fever tree or Mgunga),Newtonia buchananii (Mriyo), Accacia albida, Warburgia salutaris (Osokonoi),Cedrela odorata, Largestromia speciosa and others. Targeted groups are Primary and secondary schools, community members and environmental based groups which play a great role in afforestation.
STRATEGIES TO ACHIEVE
1.Involving the Rau forest reserve administration for collection of tree seeds in the forest, village leaders, community members, Primary and secondary school teachers and students.
2.Creating awareness in afforestation and its benefit to the community and surrounding environment
3.To monitor and manage the transplanted seedlings in the community surrounds and near the forest, monitoring will be done by Rau Eco & cultural tourism, community members and village leaders. The outcome of the Project As the project involve different groups in the community through active participation, awareness rising and training will help to.
4.Reduced the loss biodiversity in the Rau forest reserve and its habitat.
5.Increased awareness to local people in conservation of environment and their habitat.
6.Protection of the existence natural springs around the forest and community which is their only source of water for irrigation system and domestic uses.
7.Afforestation and contributing on mitigating climate changes.