Tree project in Tanzania
Do you want to know where the trees will be planted? And whether your investment will used for the purpose of planting trees only and nothing else? Great. Then we are on the same track. Transparency is very important to us. We want you to have a good feeling with your investment and that you are doing the right thing with SHOP & TREE.
Here you will find some answers to questions that we are often asked. If you have any other question, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to answer anything you would like to know.
Where are the trees planted?
In the northeast of Tanzania in the Tanga region. The project includes around 230,700 hectares of land with fifteen different individual areas and a multi-year planting plan.
Are the trees really being planted?
Yes, 100% and more. As the owner of SHOP & TREE, I guarantee to plant the number of trees in Tanzania that have been agreed with us and paid for with an “environmental flat rate”. Not every seed will thrive and not every small tree sapling will grow large and strong enough to be planted in the open field. These are the laws of nature. Due to the fact that we cannot change that, we’re planting around 20% more trees than we agreed with you.This way we ensure that the number of trees that you invested in will really survives and grow old.
Who owns the land on which the trees are planted?
There are three different categories:
- Nature reserves = special areas protected by the government.
- General forests areas = areas that belong to local villages and municipalities, open to the public.
- Agroforestry projects = farmers who own their own land or alternatively poor farmers that get some appropriate land by the government to strt building their own farmer business.
Which trees are planted?
In fact, trees are not planted. Trees are grown from seeds first. Only when the tree saplings are grown and large enough, able to survive independently in the open field, they are planted out by hand according to a detailed planting plan. It is a matter of:
Various green trees that are primarily used for reforestation, renaturation or recultivation of land and general bio-diversification.
Crops for agroforestry projects, in which poor farmers get seedlings of crops in order to grow them. Later they can sell the harvest and live on the proceeds.
The focus is on native tree species, such as makhamea Lutea (siala), eucalyptus trees, oliver trees, East African camphor wood, croton megerocapus, ocotea usambarensis, horseradish tree, fruit trees (apple, fig, peach, loquat …), coffee trees, banana trees and many more.
How are pests controlled? Are chemical pesticides in use?
All tree planting is according to mixed cultures with a high level of bio-diversity, no monocultures. Chemical pesticides are not required. The following measures are environmentally friendly:
- High plant diversity = pests rarely infest different species equally, which prevents their spread in a very original way.
- Natural pest control = some animals eat unpleasant insects, such as ducks.
What are the benefits of growing and planting trees in Tanzania?
A sustainable tree project in Tanzania covers several important tasks.
- Contribution to climate protection: Trees remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.
- With the help of photosynthesis, trees convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen (O2), which all creatures on earth need for breathing. It is irrelevant for the global climate where in the world the trees grow.
- In Tanzania you can plant more trees with a certain amount of money than in other countries. Price advantage: in western countries like Germany, 1 tree can cost up to € 100, in Tanzania we plant 1 tree for € 1-2.
- Support of different 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to 2030 Agenda.
- The work in both, the tree nursery and the open field work to plant out the grown seedlings, create valuable jobs in areas, where there is often no other option.
- Local people get some work and can live form their income. This way they can overcome poverty and hunger.
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Average monthly income at a glance:
– Tanzania: € 60
– Germany: € 3,616
– Austria: € 3,831
– Switzerland: € 6,364
– UK: € 3,143
– USA: € 4,902
We all know that not everyone of us makes that much money. Not in Tanzania either. That means: With the tree project in Tanzania
- you make an important contribution to climate protection,
- create valuable jobs and
- help poor people out of poverty.
How does the project support the local people?
- Numerous jobs for adults are created, no child labor. Many people make their living from it and can overcome hunger and poverty.
- The owner of the tree nursery has set up a school project for surrounding schools: 1 hour of free additional lessons twice a week on the subject of independence, sustainability and climate protection. Here, the children get prepared for their life after school or university. He is also involved in politics to make sustainability a permanent school subject.
- There are special tree nurseries for teaching purposes only. The children learn how to handle seedlings, grow saplings and later they can plant their own little trees in the fields of their family or friends.