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Orangutans spotted at Singkil!
januari 7, 2021januari 7, 2021
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Orangutans spotted at Singkil!

Restoration efforts are paying off for orangutans at Singkil Swamp Wildlife Reserve. Singkil Swamp Wildlife Reserve is vitally important both locally and internationally. The Singkil area is home to irreplaceable breeding populations of Sumatran orangutans and other Critically Endangered species, and hundreds of thousands of people rely on the area’s natural resources to survive as well. Outside Sumatra,...

Thank you for supporting SOS this year
december 28, 2020december 28, 2020
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Thank you for supporting SOS this year

Here are our favourite good news stories from 2020. Habitat restoration As some of OIC’s restoration staff live on-site all year round, they were able to continue working during Sumatra’s COVID19 lockdowns, planting 132,856 seedlings and restoring over 228 hectares of land. A couple of weeks ago, we had a beautiful illustration of the positive...

Orangutans spotted at Cinta Raja III Restoration site
december 10, 2020december 17, 2020
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Orangutans spotted at Cinta Raja III Restoration site

Orangutans have been spotted this week at Cinta Raja III, one of the restoration sites we fund in Sumatra. While monitoring tree growth at the site, Restoration Manager Rio spotted this female orangutan and her baby eating fruit in one of the trees above him. Just a few years ago, Cinta Raja was bare and quiet,...

Ecotourism hand in hand with forest management
december 8, 2020december 8, 2020
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Ecotourism hand in hand with forest management

Mchakama is a village located 65 km from Kilwa Masoko town, it takes about 90 minutes by car to reach the village. The village also can be reached through motorcycle and bicycle from Mavuji junction. The majority of the village members are smallholder farmers practicing conventional farming and shifting agriculture, while few are also small-scale...

Primary School club addressing the threat of the environment
oktober 30, 2020oktober 30, 2020
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Primary School club addressing the threat of the environment

Forests represent a lifeline for the millions of poor Tanzanians living in rural areas, where they rely on forest products for fuel, food, income, and other uses. Despite this, forest destruction in the country is happening at an alarming rate of 400,000 hectares per year as a result of human-induced fires, illegal logging, conversion to...

75-Year old woman inspires teak growing in Mchakama Village
juli 31, 2020juli 31, 2020
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75-Year old woman inspires teak growing in Mchakama Village

A 75-year-old woman named Sharifa Amanzi, who lives in Mchakama village in Kilwa District, Lindi Region is inspiring other community members to engage in planting teak. Sharifa was motivated to plant teak trees in her farm field following on from the success of MCDI-supported tree planting and harvesting efforts.  While teak trees take approximately 15...

First sustainable timber harvest of the year in Tanzania
juli 3, 2020juli 17, 2020
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First sustainable timber harvest of the year in Tanzania

This past month has been busy for us here at MCDI. In Tanzania, June marks the beginning of the long dry season after several months of heavy rain. This means that whilst our tree planting has been put on pause until the rains return towards the end of the year we are able to shift...

Community forests empowering women!
juni 11, 2020juni 11, 2020
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Community forests empowering women!

Gender is an integral part of forest management, as both men and women in rural areas depend on forests for their everyday survival. However, there is typically a gendered divide in terms of forest use. For example, men have a tendency to use forests for income-generating activities such as timber harvesting or collecting honey, as...

Staying positive and planting trees!
mei 5, 2020mei 5, 2020
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Staying positive and planting trees!

As COVID-19 continues to be a global tragedy with catastrophic consequences, we are continuing to prioritise the health and safety of our staff and the communities that we work with across south-eastern Tanzania. These communities are particularly vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic, so it is our utmost priority to mitigate any risk of...

COVID-19: What does this mean for MCDI?
april 3, 2020april 3, 2020
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COVID-19: What does this mean for MCDI?

COVID-19 (the Corona virus) is a global disaster, one which is affecting the entirety of the worldwide population. People are losing loved ones, businesses are closing down, and many non-governmental organisations, like our own, are beginning to feel its implications. During these difficult times, we are adopting various techniques to keep our operations up and...

Dit hebben we samen bereikt in 2019!
maart 10, 2020maart 10, 2020
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Dit hebben we samen bereikt in 2019!

De twee projecten waar Rainforest Projects mee samenwerkt, Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) en Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative (MCDI), hebben in 2019 weer hard gewerkt. Ze hebben met de steun van Beautiful Cups en onze afnemers mooie resultaten bereikt, waar we heel trots op zijn. Bekijk hier wat ze allemaal gedaan hebben! Mpingo Conservation &...

Local students planting trees
maart 10, 2020maart 10, 2020
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Local students planting trees

In February we welcomed a group of students from the International School of Tanganyika (IST) to Kilwa Masoko for a school trip. The group made the long six-hour journey from Dar es Salaam to learn about this beautiful part of Tanzania, including a visit to our headquarters to learn a little about what we do...