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Let's make the desert green!

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11 Apr – Mission April 2018   more news

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the desert advances

There is a transition zone at the north and south side of the Sahara: the Sahel. Something can still grow there, but on bare patches, the alternating heat and hard rain makes the ground hard as rock. Seeds can no longer germinate there, and rain no longer seeps into the soil. This causes remaining vegetation in the area to be lost, soon followed by the trees. What follows is erosion, further degrading the land...

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our approach

Nature can no longer cope on its own here. That's why OZG has been working on reforestation with positive impacts for both people and climate, since 10 years ago.

We make agreements with the local population, and then we can get started. We cut open the ground with a specialized plow, creating half moons in the earth crust. Next, we pay a team of local women to sow seeds in them, just before the rainy season. The half moons serve as water reservoir for the young trees, grasses and herbs.

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forest and women economy

there is hope!

With this methodology, we realize a range of positive impacts. Biodiversity increases, both in flora and fauna. The ground water level increases, allowing better wells, giving children more time for school as they no longer have to walk for miles to get water. The crops are used for food, both for own needs as well as for sale. There is a excess of grasses, allowing cattle to graze as much as they like, allowing them to grow fatter, which in turn makes them more valuable on the market. Grasses are also processed into baskets, mats and brushes; honey is collected, gum production can start up; etcera... In short: a young economy is created, truly creating prosperity.

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OZG supports the SDGs

Building a sustainable world

It's not just about the trees and the forests...

We have successfully developed a sustainable reforestation project in Burkina Faso from 2007 to 2017. This project is now continued by a local organisation, as we are starting up in our next country: Senegal.

Read about the range of positive impacts that are realized:

1 Desertification is halted

Our forests form a green buffer zone. The grasses and herbs prevent erosion by wind and water, and the trees drop shadows that protect the ground against drying out.

2 Better water management

The low vegetation makes it so that the rain can more easily seep into the earth. Thanks to this effect, water wells can be less deep in a wide surrounding area. This allows only the surface water to be used by the population, keeping the deeper, fossile water safe as a reserve for the future.

3 More biodiversity

The biodiversity increases enormously. Both in flora and fauna: ants, termites, birds, the sulcata tortoise (a threatened animal), rabbits, hares, other small rodents... Even the wild cat and the hyena, not seen for a long time, return to their original habitat.

4 Food for everyone

Argiculture is made possible thanks to the cooler temperatues in the forest, the improved water management and the fertilising of the earth by the animals. Once more, enough food can be produced, which also reduces conflicts between farmers and nomads. The cows have enough grasses to graze on, preventing them from damaging the crop fields.

5 Blooming young economy

Food excesses from vegetables, fruit and herbs are sold on the local markets. The cattle provides higher yields because it is fatter. The production of honey, gum etc, as well as the refinement of forest products lead to a higher family budget.

6 Better chances thanks to education

Thanks to the higher living standards, mothers can afford the school money for their children. The vicious circle is broken: the younger generation can build their own future.

7 Enterprising women

The labor on the land is greatly depending on women. Only the women are paid for harvesting the seed mix. They can support their families with it. Thanks to this financial indepence, women get a bigger voice in the village. There are even indications that there is a decreasing influence on the birth rate.