Deforestation, either to meet global demand for timber, or so land can be converted for agricultural use, is one of the biggest threats to bird biodiversity across the world. Over 60% of all bird species worldwide require forest habitats, and BirdLife estimates that figure includes some 76% of globally-threatened bird species.
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Obviously, you can’t literally grow a century-old forest in just a decade, but by mimicking nature’s forest-building process, it’s possible to kickstart your own mini-forest.
When you do please make not to use GMO plants and native to your country plants.
This woman is watering seedlings in a tree nursery that’s part of one of our projects in Senegal. Training farmers to create nurseries and grow seedlings is a vital part of building a network of forest gardens. Our technicians travel between villages to work with farmers like the woman in the photo, often over roads that are almost impassible in the rainy seasons. But the results are worth it. Planting trees, changing lives: http://trees.org/
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Brazilian farmer Ana Maria at work in the vegetable garden that forms part of the community’s forest garden. Forest gardens meet many needs for local farm families: they provide food, forest products like fuel wood and (through cash crops like coffee) a sustainable income. Within four years, a forest garden can raise a family’s income by a factor of ten! Planting out of poverty: http://trees.org/
Cassava plants on the Ricarte Dela Cruz family farm in the Philippines. Cassava is the third-largest source of carbohydrates in the tropics (after rice and corn/maize), and it can grow in marginal soils like those found in many of our projects. In the lower right, you can also see part of a tree nursery, full of seedlings destined to join these plants in the family forest garden. Planting trees, changing lives:http://trees.org/
Thumbs up! Nice TREES t-shirt, too. You can see the excitement on the faces of this family from the Luesla da Silva community in the Barra Nova region of Brazil. Behind them is the lush greenery of the forest garden we helped them build, which is now providing them and their neighbors food and an income in a sustainable way. Plus, we’re helping the planet in the process! Planting trees, changing lives: http://trees.org/