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  • Colombia - Green Earth Appeal
    graduates of agroforestry training programmes taking what they have learnt and spreading the important message of sustainability Background Colombia still has over sixty percent forest coverage but these forests are now under significant threat as improper harvests continue carried out by people who rely on selling trees for their livelihood In addition to this deforestation is becoming a significant issue as many families rely on the harvested wood as a fuel source A common problem associated with deforestation is its impact on water supplies In regions of Colombia where deforestation is progressing at an alarming rate water supplies are now being polluted and damaged Soil is eroded and natural springs are drying up The Response As a result of the deforestation and associated issues our partnership organisations committed to a programme in Urrao an area found in the Antioquia province In the highest slopes of this region páramos an alpine tundra ecosystem specific to the northern Andes provides water to local people Deforestation and the effect of farms located on these steep slopes have polluted the waters and by the time they reach the valleys and communities dependent upon it the water is polluted by pesticides and heavy with sediment from soil erosion Special recognition must be given to our local field technician Juan Alberto whose dedication and commitment to the teaching of agroforestry techniques has been the main component in the project s success His work has resulted in sixty local people graduating from the agroforestry training course Juan Alberto s generosity in sharing his skills and knowledge with the five project communities has meant the creation of five community nurseries and the ability to distribute 50 000 seeds In each community project worm composting has also begun to continue to improve the condition of the soil and our

    Original URL path: http://www.greenearthappeal.org/where-we-help/americas/colombia (2016-02-18)
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  • Haiti - Green Earth Appeal
    of unsustainable farming practices has left Haiti barren and the land practically unworkable Less than two percent of the country s forests remain the desertification of the land to meet the traditional fuel needs of its people has stripped the country of fertile farmland and soil Natural disasters such as flooding landslides and hurricanes complicate an already precarious state for impoverished Haitians leaving them in desperate need to meet even their basic human needs Once a treasure in the Caribbean the destruction of Haiti s natural resources means the population over sixty five percent of whom depend on agriculture for their income are left in an impoverished state There is in addition to this mass unemployment Over eighty percent of the population live in poverty whilst fifty percent of Haitians live in abject poverty An unstable political situation government corruption and periods of social unrest have done little to address the needs of its people or assist in its development and economic recovery The UN peacekeeping force and international support and donors are now assisting towards greater stability for Haitians but this recovery is still in its infancy The Response Since 2002 our partners and local farmers have been working to address the environmental crisis and meet the basic needs of Haitians Both have been attempting to repair the widespread environmental damage not least in the reforestation of the land A sustainable agricultural future has begun to emerge Planting trees and reintroducing sustainable farming practices have been the priority of the programme A major programme started in 2008 along the Arcadine Coast to reforest large sections particularly the mountainous regions between St Marc and Cabaret This programme progressed further in 2010 and has expanded to address the needs of communities further north of this region to Gonaïves A central nursery

    Original URL path: http://www.greenearthappeal.org/where-we-help/americas/haiti (2016-02-18)
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  • Honduras - Green Earth Appeal
    ever shortening cycles of slash and burn farming The lack of water as a result of streams drying up can often result in communities being without water from February till the rainy season in May Years of cattle use in the north have vastly eroded pasturelands whilst constant logging has stripped the region of its once plentiful hardwood This issue also exists in the central valleys where extensive logging has damaged important watersheds leaving the population with decreasing water supplies The damage to water supplies is also prevalent in the highlands where extensive use of agrochemicals for coffee and vegetable production has resulted in the pollution of aquifers and streams Recently with Honduras becoming a centre of tropical timber sales the government has prohibited the harvesting of natural hardwood and introduced a certification process Since 2008 these policies have reduced logging being the main cause of deforestation in Honduras however firewood production very quickly took over in its place As fuel prices soared many people returned to using firewood as a traditional source of fuel The price of firewood has doubled making the harvesting of trees for firewood a lucrative prospect for the rural populous The Response For each region our partner organisations are creating a bespoke response programme to meet the needs of local people In the south there are programmes teaching the benefits of infrequent or rare cattle pasturing and forage trees have been provided for supply to cattle producers In addition to this there has been widespread encouragement in planting Moringa Oleifera the miracle tree well known for its numerous benefits and high nutritional crop content On the north coast partnering organisations are working alongside Lancitilla Botanical Reserve and Botanical Gardens These organisations are providing education and support material to local producers encouraging stable fed dairy cattle

    Original URL path: http://www.greenearthappeal.org/where-we-help/americas/honduras (2016-02-18)
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  • ASIA - Green Earth Appeal
    Programme Summary In response to a growing need the Philippines programme has increased significantly To date 200 000 trees have been planted The programme began to grow with the providing of agroforestry training and through the provision of seeds increased training on livestock management and encouraging the diversification of livestock Projects aimed to counter the need for local people to purchase damaging and polluting chemical pesticides this goes hand in hand with the government s relocation project The relocation project aims to encourage people from poor urban areas to move to rural locations where they can focus on agriculture as a means to support themselves and their families The Filipino government has assisted our partner organisations in accessing land grants These are conditional upon the reforestation of the land to which they are allocated Read more India Programme Summary In Uttarkashi district Uttarakhand in the north of India our partnering organisations have supplied over 6 000 seedlings in six communities In Tamil Nadu in the south local partners and partnering organisations have ensured that over 75 000 seeds and approximately 100 000 seedlings have been distributed In addition to these projects our partners have distributed in the region of Andhra

    Original URL path: http://www.greenearthappeal.org/where-we-help/asia (2016-02-18)
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  • India - Green Earth Appeal
    over 75 000 seeds and approximately 100 000 seedlings have been distributed In addition to these projects our partners have distributed in the region of Andhra Pradesh 200 000 seeds and approximately 100 000 seedlings Seed distribution in country is now established 100 000 trees in total have now been planted Background India is a land of contrast not least in its climate Each region can have very different needs depending on the environment and climate In Tamil Nadu there is an ongoing struggle for fresh water supplies in the face of drought In contrast to this the people of northwest India can often face the challenges associated with flooding The people in the south face water shortages linked to the erosion of the land In 2004 a Tsunami hit the region causing widespread destruction and increasing the day to day struggles of people in an already precarious situation In recent times there has been a significant rise in the number of farmer suicides A contributory factor in these suicides may well be the inconsistent weather and commodity prices the high costs of fertilisers and pesticides and declining harvests These factors all contribute to a highly stressful situation Alongside this problem the environmental impact of the continual degradation of the land inefficient farming methods and deforestation for fuel are continued concerns The Response Working with schools women s groups and farming communities our partnering organisations are working to overcome the issues linked to drought In Tamil Nadu the focus has been to plant multi purpose tree species to facilitate a range of income opportunities whilst also protecting the land from further damage caused by erosion The projects were recently expanded to assist in another area which suffers from similar issues caused by prolonged periods of drought Andhra Pradesh In addition

    Original URL path: http://www.greenearthappeal.org/where-we-help/asia/india (2016-02-18)
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  • Philippines - Green Earth Appeal
    the need for local people to purchase damaging and polluting chemical pesticides this goes hand in hand with the government s relocation project The relocation project aims to encourage people from poor urban areas to move to rural locations where they can focus on agriculture as a means to support themselves and their families The Filipino government has assisted our partner organisations in accessing land grants These are conditional upon the reforestation of the land to which they are allocated Background The global recession has hit the Philippines hard In the largest cities of the country people have been forced to move into squatter areas through mass unemployment With so many jobs in the technology sector now being outsourced to India and China people are returning to agriculture as the growing industry to support them With a renewed focus on agriculture mass deforestation is making this unsustainable Whilst desperate people seek methods to increase production slash and burn farming is now commonplace and further damage is caused as the land is stripped of trees to provide building material and firewood Furthermore there is increased use of harmful chemical pesticides and fertilisers to increase harvests on land that cannot sustain such intensive farming and these pollutants eventually end up in the sea causing further damage such as coral bleaching The Response In the first instance the response was targeted at local people providing training and education programmes to farmers in agroforestry and livestock management and also providing seeds The planting of multipurpose fast growing trees has addressed some of the soil damage on hillsides whilst also creating a source of firewood that is sustainable New varieties of fruit and vegetables have brought a premium to farmers at markets and education on how to make organic fertilisers and integrate various plant species

    Original URL path: http://www.greenearthappeal.org/where-we-help/asia/philippines (2016-02-18)
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  • Contact - Green Earth Appeal
    Gift a tree Tree Planting Grant Application Skip to content You are here Home Contact Green Earth Appeal Contact Hollinwood Business Centre Albert Street Oldham OL8 3QL This email address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it 020 8798 0476 0871 237 0453 Contact Form Send an email All fields with an are required Name Email Subject Message Send copy to yourself Captcha Send Email

    Original URL path: http://www.greenearthappeal.org/contact (2016-02-18)
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  • Contact - Green Earth Appeal
    Gift a tree Tree Planting Grant Application Skip to content You are here Home Contact Contact Green Earth Appeal Contact Hollinwood Business Centre Albert Street Oldham OL8 3QL This email address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it 020 8798 0476 0871 237 0453 Contact Form Send an email All fields with an are required Name Email Subject Message Send copy to yourself Captcha Send

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