Public Talks in Sackville, NB and Halifax, NS

by Community Forests International on November 15, 2010

Mbarouk Mussa Omar, and Jeff Schnurr are teaming up to deliver two information sessions this week. Wishing to share the story of their tree-planting efforts in Pemba, Tanzanian, Jeff and Mbarouk will be talking about how they initiated a community-led tree planting movement. By working with rural Tanzanian communities, their efforts have led to the planting of over 300,000 trees for fruit, timber and countless ecosystem services.

Small tropical islands stand to be among the first adversely affected by climate change, and Pemba is no exception. Historically, the island has experienced the excessive clearing of its natural forests, reducing the annual rainfall in some areas by nearly half. Exposed earth is easily eroded, losing nutrient rich topsoil during the rainy season. Pembans, who sustain themselves by farming and fishing, have experienced the harsh realities of natural resource degradation and look to tree-planting as an alternative for the future.

If You'd like to hear more about these efforts first hand:

The Sackville talk will be held on Mount Allison campus on Wednesday, Nov 17th at 7:00 pm in the Dunn Building Room 108 (corner of Salem St. and York St.)

The Halifax talk will be held at Saint Mary's University on Thursday Nov 18th at 7.00 pm in the New Atrium theatre, Room 101


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