In 2016 Dukes partnered with WeForest; an international non-profit association founded with the mission to create and promote a pioneer movement in large scale sustainable reforestation. Global warming and poverty are two of today’s greatest challenges. Through WeForest we are able to plant trees and restore the planet’s natural resources while providing social justice and empowering local communities by providing them with food, work and education.
While reducing carbon emissions is critical, research suggests that even if carbon dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in the Earth’s atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years. Therefore, the challenge is to not only reduce future carbon emissions, but to actively remove existing carbon from our atmosphere.
Visit www.weforest.org to learn more about this important initiative and start planting today.
The majority of the world’s coffee production takes place in developing countries, and while African coffees stir excitement amongst coffee enthusiasts all around the world, Ethiopia is ranked among the countries with the lowest incomes.
In the northern Tigray region, rural communities are under further threat from the deforestation of the dry Afromontane forest as well as severe desertification and soil erosion. Large swathes of Tigray’s dry Afromontane forests and hillsides have been cleared primarily for agriculture and wood extraction, in addition to illegal charcoal production, leaving 0.5% of Tigray forested. Tigray’s rural people rely heavily on these activities for their income, but livelihoods are becoming increasingly vulnerable in the face of severe drought, soil erosion, deforestation and El Niño. Tigray’s forests can provide much needed opportunities for communities to become more resilient through their natural capital.
Since 2016, Dukes has planted over 24,000 native seedlings in community run nurseries. Community members are trained to nurture the seedlings and this year, these plants will be transplanted into community owned exclosure zones. The project will restore areas of non-productive land in exclosure zones, identified and designated by the community. These areas are protected from agricultural practices and grazing and directly planted with a preference for native tree species so that these degraded areas can be allowed to flourish.
Degraded land in need of restoration
Overlooking the degraded landscape