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Tree Program - support to communities

Tree program for developing sustainable communities and adaptive to climate change.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

In the case of climate change, prevention is better than cure; already defined some urgent steps to reduce climate change, however, They remain elusive. We can not see a single problem, much less address this problem only when you have other problems that are related and the best way is to solve them together gradually. For this reason, like a tree that grows slowly and that has roots, trunk and branches can we apply this analogy to sustainable development. The roots development needs such as environmental compatibility of the activity in question and the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems and as a basis to be sustainable over time. The trunk, social development, social cohesion based on generating food security, housing and work, in order to improve the living conditions of these communities. The branches as economic development axis of the environmental and social sustainability, to raise these activities to be financially feasible and profitable. Furthermore, as the tree needs light, water and land, education and holistic vision of the community is essential for the correct solution and tangible, in this way can solve many problems effectively and resilient to these communities. The program has three interrelated components; the first based on mitigating environmental impacts, adaptation and mitigation of climate change. The second ensuring social cohesion to communities, and third search the viability of the program generating own resources.

WHO BENEFITS?

The beneficiaries are all poor communities in urban cities of Colombia. The idea is to educate and intervene initially this population living in extreme poverty, in order to ensure mitigation ecosystem through planting of native trees and generating vertical crops in their homes, and a plan to generate opportunities for welfare and social cohesion in communities, creating opportunities in education for all creation and improvement of housing and generate business opportunities and employment.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

Colombia is severely threatened by climate change, The challenges of building resilience in slums are many, but there are also opportunities. Particularly recent government policies on urban development and climate change, as well as an emerging interest among agencies to address urban issues, offer potential for advocacy for building resilience in urban slums. A combination of human and natural factors results in various urban hazards with serious impacts on the poor. Flooding and water-logging due to poor drainage are widespread; windstorms and urban fires cause havoc in slums because of the weak construction of houses; unplanned urbanization and sub-standard building practices pose great risk in the natural events. Thus if we apply the Tree program, we are a community holistically involving all issues within the community in order to solve problems from the perspective of sustainable development.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

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EXPERTISE

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

Hållbar ('sustainable' in Swedish) is a consulting firm based out of Colombia. Our goal is to add value to products and services of Colombian institutions through the strategic integration of sustainability into their operations.

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Hi Diego,

We at NDEF Cameroon have read with interest about your project idea. Hope you are forging ahead with success! As regards tree planting, what tree species are you planting? Are they trees to meet specific needs or just trees to cover the terrain? We believe that when a farmer plants a tree from which they expect to derive some direct benefits, they would protect the tree jealously. Such trees could be for fruits, medicines and spices.

What about using tree propagation techniques such a grafting to produce tree seedlings that give results faster after planting? In fact grafting reduces the fruiting period to less than half! Nkeng Pius (Executive Director)

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