Sustainable Restoration & Upgrading of Degraded Forest Reserve to Forest Stewardship Council Standards: Mitigating Climate Change, Timber production and Improve Livelihoods.
Currently, we are restoring one of the degraded Forest Reserves (FRs) in Akure; Ala forest reserve, through forest plantations with vegetable production (that is low-carbon agriculture), fruit production (agroforestry) and forage production (silvopasture) incorporated into it. On this, approximately 12,000 hectares has been dedicated to Agroforestry plantations, specifically to Forestry Stewardship Council™ (FSC™).
The tree plantation will combine high-value, fast-growing, commercial hardwood species with other tropical species; the target is to plant an average of 1millon trees per year. In the last three years, we have planted 1.5million trees, recovered more than 1,000 hectares of degraded land, and built a nursery with a capacity to produce 2 million trees per year.
The plantation will be certified under the FSC Catalyzed through the agroforestry approach. The project will deliver significant social benefits to the area in several ways: employment generation, land reclamation, food production, and climate change mitigation.
We will partner with rural farmers, especially the youth who otherwise could have no interest or even the resources to settle down to farming, by allowing prepared land and spaces between trees for arable agriculture, thereby improving the livelihood.
The combination of tree species also provides habitat for endangered and threatened species. The plantation will sustainably be managed to produce high-quality and cost-competitive timber and non-timber products.
We introduce out-grower schemes, which will provide extra opportunities for local smallholders to plant fruit and medicinal trees on the land while supporting them with all it takes to nurture the trees to maturity and allow them to decide on what to do with the by-products.
We are building whole ecosystems in which all stakeholders can benefit in a sustainable socio-economic feasible way within the objectives of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) defined by the UN.
Among our partners are ECOSIA – the search engine that plants trees. Aerobic is among the top 100 Land Accelerator cohort supported by AFR100/TERRAFUND.