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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...

Trapping wildlife… with cameras!
februari 7, 2020februari 7, 2020
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Trapping wildlife… with cameras!

As one of the most bio-diverse countries in Africa, Tanzania is home to an abundance of wildlife. However, due to deforestation and habitat loss, the number of threatened species living here has tripled in the last decade. The Lindi region in southern-eastern Tanzania, where our work is based, is well known for its forest habitats...

From seed to tree
januari 6, 2020januari 6, 2020
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From seed to tree

The Mpingo journey Mpingo (Dalbergia melanoxylon) – our organisation’s namesake and the national tree of Tanzania – is one of the most expensive timbers in the world. It’s an East African Blackwood renowned for its beautiful inky-black colouring and considered to be one of the finest wood types. The best quality timber can reach up...

The changing future of our trees
december 11, 2019december 11, 2019
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The changing future of our trees

Due to global warming and climate change, weather patterns across much of Africa are becoming increasingly unpredictable, leading to a mix of severe droughts and intense downpours. Located just south of the equator, Tanzania is a vast country bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo to...

Restoring Tanzania’s forests
november 5, 2019november 8, 2019
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Restoring Tanzania’s forests

The fruits of collaboration between communities, local government and not-for-profits to restore Tanzania’s forests. At MCDI, not only do we work to conserve and protect the world’s forests by empowering rural communities in Tanzania to set up and sustainably manage village forest reserves. We take this a step further by showing local people how to...