Some five Founders and Chief Executive Officers of non-profit organizations in Switzerland, India, Australia, Pakistan, and Cameroon have discussed ways of successfully creating forests using the Miyawaki Method, an innovative technique that restores indigenous ecosystems and natural vegetations by practically forcing, reproducing and accelerating natural successional times.

NGO leaders in an online meeting

Meeting online, September 23, 2019, these NGO bosses including Elise Van Middelem of SUGI-Switzerland, Shubhendu Sharma of Afforest-India, Brett Krause of Brettacorp Inc.-Australia, Shahzad Qureshi of Urban Forest Karachi-Pakistan and Limbi Blessing of Eco Balance-Cameroon, learned the steps and process involved in using the Miyawaki Method.

While chairing the meeting Mr. Shubhendu Sharma shared his close to one decade experience in the Miyawaki method that has him create over 138 forests across the world and planted over 450,000 registering at least an 82% success rate in each case. He explained that the method has been proven to work worldwide, irrespective of soil and climatic conditions with over 3,000 forests already created around the world using it.

On the uniqueness of this method, the Afforest boss said it “creates forests that are 30times denser, grow 10times faster, recharge groundwater 30times faster, are 30times better habitat for pollinators, have 30 times better carbon-dioxide absorption capacity and conserve soil properties 30times better than monocultures”. He added that “they are 100% natural and designed to mimic historical indigenous forests and hence, are 100% as bio-diverse; they are completely maintenance-free”. Additionally, as a matter of protocol, the method involves local communities and people of all age groups in tree planting.

According to the Crowther Lab (Zurich), about 0.9 billion hectares of land across the world should be reforested to capture two thirds (about 205 billion tonnes) of human-made carbon emissions.

Inspired by this training, the Executive Director of Ecological Balance, Limbi Blessing Tata, has committed to the regeneration of forests in Cameroon, with a 20,000 capacity tree nursery already established in Buea, South West Cameroon, in collaboration with community leaders. The importance of effective forest regeneration in Cameroon cannot be overemphasized given that Cameroon is part of the Congo Basin and losses up to 30ha of forest every hour.

By Ndimuh B. Shancho

 

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