Trees of Hope – Malawi // GO BACK
The Trees of Hope project aims to improve the livelihoods of rural farmers in the Dowa and Neno districts of Malawi.
The project coordinates community-led efforts in climate change mitigation and adaptation through agroforestry and reforestation activities, reducing the local community’s vulnerability to climate change through benefits derived from tree-based land use systems.
The Clinton Development Initiative established the Trees of Hope Project in 2007 in the Dowa and Neno districts of Malawi to reverse deforestation, mitigate the harmful effects of climate change, and bolster a self-sustaining marketplace by making tree farming profitable and attractive for smallholder farmers.
The Trees of Hope project helps decrease the community’s vulnerability to climate change by implementing tree-based land use systems, while also providing farmers with increased income from the sale of Plan Vivo certified carbon credits. Plan Vivo supports communities in managing their natural resources by quantifying ecosystem services.
Through the Trees of Hope project, rural farmers in Malawi decide how they can best address threats to their local ecosystems by choosing one of five land-use systems that addresses threats to their local ecosystem. These systems represent responsible land management strategies that benefit the environment by reducing soil erosion and increasing soil fertility.
|ABOUT THE PROJECT|
Neno and Dowa, Malawi
Clinton Development Initiative
|PVCS Issued to date:
|Area of land under management:
275.2 ha and 6,718 x 100m segments of boundary planting
854 farmers and 21 farmer groups
November 2014 | In November 2014, one of the Trees of Hope carbon resellers, ZeroMission, along with stakeholder Max Hamburger, visited the project site. During the visit the parties were able to observe not only the importance of the carbon finance component and the added income that the system yields, but also the benefits on the environment. See the pictures.
2014 | In its pursuit to broaden income streams for the farmers beyond payment for ecosystem services, the project is exploring commercially viable value addition. Technologies that have been discussed include but are not limited to: apiculture, solar drying, jam or marmalade production, fruit juices, and mushrooms. Read more.