I’m feeling particularly inspired by GreenPop’s Trees for Zambia reforestation project currently underway in and around Livingstone. Could it be because I made a miniscule and indirect contribution myself, having recently planted one tiny mopane seedling at our Toka Leya Camp on the Zambezi, just a few kilometres up the road from Livingstone?
On a somewhat more impressive scale, Toka Leya has donated 700 seedlings to this project, the aim of which is to offset the ravages of charcoal burning and slash-and-burn agricultural practices.
Within the first week of the project, the GreenPop crew planted 1319 seedlings with seven schools receiving trees and corresponding education on the subject. 20 subsistence farmers were also shown the benefits of conservation farming, with hand-made solar cookers provided to all the schools and farmers. Follow its Facebook page for daily updates on the Trees for Zambia project.
Besides Toka Leya’s remarkable seedling nursery, Wilderness Safaris also supports extensive reforestation projects of its own in Malawi, with the establishment of two indigenous tree nurseries at Chintheche Inn and Bandawe, along the northern lakeshore of Lake Malawi, as well as further south in Liwonde National Park.
In fact, Children in the Wilderness even has two tree sites at Chintheche, getting the local kids involved at every stage of the process – from tubing and seeding to distributing and planting.
Now, if I play my cards right, there might just be time to wangle a *hugely important* camp familiarisation trip to Zambia before the project ends on 22 July…