Tree planting and forest conservation in Ethiopia

Local communities in Soddo, Ethiopia are working together with humanitarian aid organisation World Vision on a project, in which new trees are being planted and the severely denuded forests on the slopes of Mount Damota are being protected. The long-term goal is to restore the ecosystem, reduce the incidence of floods and, with more fertile soil, increase the productivity of farming.

The project is working to increase the motivation of local communities to engage in forest conservation, which also involves training in cattle farming and silviculture. The project is also raising funds for, among other things, building a preschool and grammar school.

Hesburger's involvement inthe project (10/2016 - 12/2017)

  • The carbon compensation is equal to around 60,000 trees which is around 26.6 hectares of forest. Thanks to the woods, the local villagers have been able to grow grass for the breed, and the destructive effects of floods have been reduced.
  • The support has enabled training for 100 farmers.
  • The employment value to the local communities is around 17,000 dollars.
  • 76.1% of the local inhabitants participating in the project have reported seeing more wildlife in the protected area and over half have reported a decrease in poverty levels.

Hesburger compensates the carbon footprint of select product also through another project.

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