Much of the Dambwa Forest, north of Livingstone in Zambia is lush and green...
...but there are many areas of it that now looks like this. Zambia, has the second highest deforestation rate in the world.
In July, we, through Lion Encounter Zambia entered a partnership with Greenpop, a Cape Town-based social enterprise dedicated to greening undergreened areas and combatting deforestation in Southern Africa. Greenpop plant trees on behalf of companies, groups, travellers and individuals wanting to invest in a greener future and improve the lives of communities in under-greened areas. On top of planting trees, they strive to make eco-consciousness accessible, fun, and popular so that a green movement is inspired. Greenpop started in September 2010 and has since planted over 8,500 trees in over 120 beneficiary schools, crèches, orphanages, old-age homes, community centres as well as deforested areas.
In July 2012, we launched an exciting reforestation and conservation education programme in Livingstone. Just over 4000 trees were planted in the Livingstone area, in an effort to fight the drastic deforestation in the Livingstone area. After the 3 weeks, the Greenpop team returned to Cape Town but we, with Lion Encounter continue to work closely with them on tree planting efforts and education within the area, ensuring that their good work lives on.
During the 3 week launch program we hosted a tree planting day within a deforested area of the Dambwa Forest 800m from the Dambwa Release Pride’s reserve! The Greenpop team joined Lion Encounter’s volunteers, staff and local community members and planted 883 indigenous trees which we will continue to care for. We’ll also be adding to this number each month.