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Environmental Conservation

Environmental Conservation  
i. KITA has been working in collaboration with Trees for the future to provide training and capacity building in Agroforestry and Tree planting with Farmer groups, NGOs, FBOs and Schools accross the country from 2009 - 2010. through this project, about 1 million trees have been planted on farms, in schools and in communities accross the country. KITA is currently reaching out to about 60 NGos, 55 Schools, 10,000 Farmers and students in promoting agroforestry and tree planting in Ghana with support from Trees for the Future USA. The program is being led by Lovans Owusu-Takyi the Program coordinator. To view pictures and further details of programs visit: www.treesftf.org or on facebook search lovans@treesftf.org to view pictures of activities. NGos such as Permaculture Network Ghana - led by Paul Yeboah in Techiman, Darsfield Earthcare and Farm-Tech Foundation www.darsfoundation.org, Environmental Development youth Movement in Have Volta region www.edym.org, Trees for Africa http://www.trees4africagh.org Research Action for sustainable Development - RASUD headed by Llord Titus Amedome in Hohoe,  Mobility Foundation, Peace Corps Ghana among others are collaborating with KITA to enhance these tree planting activities. Other specific project activities includes:   Community tree nurseries
Asewase, Apromase, Besease, Nobewam, Ofoase and Domiabra will be assisted to establish community tree nurseries to supply free seedlings to farmers for alley cropping, tree planting around water bodies and in communities, and revamping the depleted forests.
ii.  Environmental awareness creation
In 20 communities in Ejisu Juaben District, seminars will be run on the methods and importance of farming with trees, and the need to preserve their forests and maintain their water bodies and wetlands. Promoting safer livelihood for all animals
iii.  Tree planting around water bodies
In collaboration with the forestry department of the district, the institute will conduct tree-planting exercises around rivers Samae, Oda, Abopo and Subin in the Ejisu Juaben District. The institute plans to cover 2 kilometres of each of these rivers before the close of the year.
iv.  Tree planting exercises around communities
In the participatory village development programme, one of the problems ascertained included seasonal 'de-roofing' of people's houses during the rainy seasons making people homeless. Sometimes roofs of schools are also removed. The institute plans to plant trees in 10 of these communities this year. the trees to be planted include citrus and other fruit trees, and leucena, that can provide fruits food security and serve as food for livestock and provide fuel wood.
v.  Central community tree nursery
The institute is establishing a central tree nursery to supply free tree seedlings to communities and farmer groups who are interested in the alley cropping. It is hoped that by September 2003, some 5000 tree seedlings will be ready for distribution.
vi.  Bush fire campaigns
The institute will include campaigns against bush fires in all of our rural development programmes.

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