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Community takes initiative to save trees

Community takes initiative to save trees

October 28, 2012 in Community News

BUHERA – A group of villagers in Mutiusinazita in Buhera have taken an 
initiative to protect the environment by planting trees to avoid complete 
deforestation in the area, due to excessive cutting down of trees by some 
members of the community.

Report by Stephen Tsoroti
Alarmed by the high rate of depletion of trees, villagers came together to 
form the Promoting Positive Livelihood with Adaptation to Climate Change 
(PPLACC) to reclaim all land that had been destroyed, in an effort to fight 
effects of climate change.

PPLACC secretary Patrick Chidhoma said the organisation was formed with the 
help of The Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau two years ago to stop widespread 
deforestation that was threatening livelihoods of the community.

“We realised that there was no one who was going to come and plant trees for 
us. We had to act fast as our forests were fast disappearing,” he said.

Chidhoma said the group had embarked on bee-keeping, gardening and planted 
woodlots in an effort to preserve the environment.

Presently, the organisation has a membership of over 200 households, mainly 
vulnerable members of the society such as widows, orphans and unemployed 

“To date we have several woodlots created. Combined we have planted over 10 
000 indigenous trees, including fruit trees,” said Chidhoma.
“One project we have done well is implementing the tsotso stove in the 
village. Over 500 households have the stove in their homes.”
The tsotso stove, he said, used less firewood.

“The tsotso stove uses much less wood and has an insulated combustion 
chamber which helps reduce smoke while increasing the heat output and 
burning efficiency,” he said.

“The fuel sticks, usually from thorn trees, come in a bundle and cost very 
little. A bundle of the sticks can potentially cook approximately six to ten 
meals, saving energy and labour in the process.”

One of the beneficiaries, Mable Makufa said the tsotso stove was convenient 
because it could be carried from one place to another.

“All in all, the tsotso stove is highly desirable because it cooks fast, 
produces less smoke and is environmentally friendly and requires very small 
amounts of wood fuel,” he said.

The organisation is also getting assistance from agricultural extension 
officers to implement new conservation farming methods in an effort to boost 
crop yields. 


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