Ecological Balance Brazes up to Rewild Community Forests, Watersheds with 30,000 Trees

Ecological Balance is fine-tuning strategies and putting hands on deck to raise 35000 seedlings and ensure that at least 30,000 are planted before the end of 2022.

The Organization  is currently engaged in collecting seeds, filling in polybags with top soil mixed with fowl dung (organic manure), and potting of seedlings at it tree nursery in Bomaka-Buea, SW Cameroon, with a special focus on trees classified as threatened on the IUCN Red List. The potted seedlings are watered and dewed to ensure that they are healthy. .

Over 12000 seeds of Mahogany have so far been collected from Bokwango and 500 of njangsa from Bova and nursed. Over 2000 seeds of Leuceana  & 1000 of bauhinia have also been collected  from the University of Buea and over 1000 of seeds of acacia from Bulu and nursed. These seedlings will be added unto the 3323 seedlings of Jakaranda, Jathropha, prunus, mahogany, acacia, jack fruit tree, vocanga, njangsa, erythrina, sour sop, orange, lemon, pebbe, lueceana, bush mango, pignantus, money tree and plum tree seedlings that were raised in 2021.

“We have a big target this year of raising the nursery from 3323 trees in 2021, to 35000 in 2022, while hoping to  plant at least 30000 of them in community forests in Cameroon including the Etinde and Bakingili community forests, and water catchments. This only means we have to plan well and begin early,” said Madam Limbi Blessing, the Executive Director of Ecological Balance. 

According to her, these trees will  revamp community forest ecosystems, ensure community forest level sustainability in the management of forest resources, increase goods and services from forest and recharge ground water and improve water tables.  

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NGO leaders to Create More Forests Using ‘Miyawaki’ Method

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

 

Eco Balance to Partner with NGO, FMCs for Forests Creation in Fako

Ecological Balance is set to partner with some four community water and forest management committees and a non-profit organization for the creation of forests of at least 5600trees in close to 2ha in Fako Division, South West Cameroon, using the Miyawaki method.

The Miyawaki technique is an innovative reforestation method, which restores indigenous ecosystems and natural vegetation by practically forcing, reproducing and accelerating natural successional times. The method has been proven to work worldwide, irrespective of soil and climatic conditions and more than 3,000 forests have been successfully created around the world.

In August 2019, as a build-up to the global climate strikes, Eco Balance undertook the commitment to plant at least 5000trees every year. These trees, which are to be planted as closed forest blocks, seeks to contribute towards climate change mitigation as well as train help community forests fulfill their reforestation objective.

So far, the organization has had a series of meetings in September with WEWULEY Consultancy with headquarters in Bova 1 village, Lyangamelle Bonalyonga & Upper Bwando village water management committees and the Bakingili & Woteva Community Forests, with roles in the implementation of the project, spelled out.

WEWULEY Consultancy, for example, is to serve in community mobilization and monitoring while Lyangamelle Bonalyonga and Upper Bwando village water management committees provide nursery and planting sites. They are also expected to provide after-care for planted forests in their localities. Meanwhile, Bakingili and Woteva Community forests, led by their management officers, will provide nursery and planting sites as well as aftercare for planted forests. Eco balance, on the other hand, will serve as the resource mobilizer and provider of technical services.

According to the Founder/Director of WEWULEY Consultancy, this project is a stitch on time that would definitely save lives. “I can tell you that without trees we are nothing. Today, we suffer from a severe water shortage in my village, Bova 1. We buy water because our sources have all dried up’. ‘We cannot even sustain the cost of running a community tree nursery in Bova,” he lamented.

By Limbi Blessing

Nature conservation, a myth?

Beaches all over the world have this 2019 recorded more people than ever before seeking to cool off from increased heat waves all across Europe, glaciers ‘disappeared’ from Alaska and, for the first time, the Amazon rainforest considered “lungs of the Earth,” registered 74,000 fires with species going extinct 1,000 times faster.

Flaming Amazon, not given much-needed attention

These have made one question whether current efforts are enough to save the earth;  Who has the mandate to conserve nature?  and if the numerous Protocols & Agreements mean anything to the local and indigenous population, who have no form of formal education but yet can be instrumental in saving the forest?

Unfortunately, ‘despite extensive institutional arrangements and vast legal instruments on conservation, there has been a decline in biodiversity on the one hand, and an increase in the impoverishment of biodiversity-dependent people on the other hand.

Is there any political will to conserve nature? A friend once said that media is in love with politics; when the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire earlier this year, many media outlets reported live from the scene till the fire was put out. They said ‘it is a historical structure’. Is the Amazon forest not as historic?  ‘If everyone sweeps in front of their door, the world would be clean’.

By Limbi Blessing