Environmental Conservation


In Wadouba Commune of Mali, deforestation and desertification are serious problems that affect the well-being of villagers, contributing to food insecurity and causing increasing needs for new water resources. Eight villages have come together and created an association, Ologuelemo, to protect the remaining trees in their area and promote the assisted regeneration of trees in the fields, practices which help both the environment and crop yields.  In Mali, such formal organizations allow villagers more respect in their communities, greater access to community decision making processes, and more support from the government, both financial and technical. Tandana strives to help these village-run associations to be as effective as possible in achieving their goals.

Many communities in Ecuador's Quichinche parish also recognize the importance of reforestation for protecting their water sources, windbreaks, pasture conservation, beautifying their villages, and promoting biodiversity and clean air.  Schools take the lead in this effort, teaching students the appreciation and skills of caring for native trees.  Tandana often supports these grassroots efforts to care for the local environment and show love for Pachamama, or Mother Earth.  We provide native trees, such as alder, acacia, and pumamaki from the UCINQUI native tree nursery to communities and schools and sometimes also fencing materials to protect them.  Often Tandana volunteers pitch in, working alongside villagers and students to plant trees. Tandana has provided over 2500 trees for these efforts.

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