Reforestation phase 1 and 2:

Both phase 1 and phase 2 were implemented in the village of Kasset in Moy kebele.  Phase 1 was implemented in 2009 and Phase 2 was implemented in 2010.  By the end of Phase 2 the key accomplishments were as follows:
  • A water spring was developed and facilities installed for safe and adequate water supply. Prior to the construction of this new spring, villagers did not have a convenient way to access clean and protected water.
  • Reconstructed two water reservoirs with water holding capacity of 8 cubic meters each
  • Constructed 500 m long primary irrigation canal starting from the two water reservoirs.
  • Burden on women and children greatly eased by reducing physical and time requirement for fetching water.
Inspecting New Water reservoir Newly Constructed Water point  New Cattle trough
  • A biodiversity assessment and socio economic investigation identified valued and threatened tree species to be planted. Survey indicated that Kosso tree or African red wood (Hagenia abyssinica), is the most valued and threatened woody species the area.
  • Five different tree nurseries, each with the capacity of producing three thousand bare-root tree seedlings each year were strengthened.
  • Over 150,000 tree seedlings distributed, and planted in area closures, home-steads, farm boundaries and school compounds.
  • One area closure delineated and protected from human and animal interference to allow the land to recover it natural vegetation cover.
  • Employment created for three people on contractual basis and for 40 others who are employed as seasonal workers at the tree nursery stations.

 

Seedling distribution and transport from central nursery

 

  • Soil erosion mitigated via reforestation and physical conservation measures.
  • Planted vetiver grass on soil bunds to hold the soil and prevent erosion
  • Trained farmers on constructing soil consevation structures, and working with farmers constructed stone bunds, soil bund with aloe, waterways, cutoff drains, gabion check dams as well as hundreds of micro basins, trenches, and planting pits

 

Transporting Material for Stone Bund Farmer Training on Building Stone Bund

Newly Constructed Stone Bunds

 

  • Local need for fuel wood and construction material addressed by planting fast growing trees like Eucalyptus and Gravilia robusta on land that is too dry for other trees or crops. This ensures that indigenous trees are protected and not cut for consumption as the Eucalyptus can be used ofr housing or firewood.
  • A total of 80 locally made fuel saving stoves  were distributed with 35% cost sharing 
  • Burden on women and children greatly eased by reducing physical and time requirement for collecting fuel wood
  • Distributed 700 fruit tree seedlings to 78 households and 10 kg of vegetable seeds to 75 selected households. 
  • Project sustainability ensured by involving local community in all phases of the project and ensuring they have adequate training thus equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to manage and maintain the project.
  Training Local Farmers  

 

 

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