We intend to establish our sustainable intervention plan by following a simple exploratory framework, which will guide us into applying appropriate intervention for specific risk areas. The components of the framework shown in the diagram are explained below:
Identification and mapping out of the depleted forest areas and regions.
Exploration of the cause of depletion and categorization of the depleted areas into intervention zones.
Design of a targeted intervention plan for each zone to involve replenishing of lost tree species alongside other socio-economic intervention.
Prioritization and implementation of the intervention zones according to availability of resources and cooperation from locals
We identified 5 basic components for our operational framework to directly integrate the communities and partners in our activities in order to effectively achieve the set goals. They are:
Approach communities to create woodland and buffers.
Provide free indigenous and adopted tree seedlings to volunteers.
Assist, train and support volunteers to plant and nurture trees to maturity.
Periodic monitoring, control and supervision of established woodlands.
Collaborative partnership with relevant institutions and organizations to source or produce indigenous and adopted tree seedlings.
Read details about the operational framework and strategic intervention of the T.R.E.E Project below
T.R.E.E Project intends to bring innovation to the afforestation initiative in Nigeria though the strategies it employs to achieve sustainability of tree planting and replacement in communities.
The following are considered tangential to the success of our strategic intervention plans:
Collaboration with communities in the intervention zones to create woodlands and buffer in the depleted areas. Our initiative involves engaging the population of the community in tree planting, monitoring, protection and sustenance.
This is a direct replacement of tree through planting of indigenous and adopted trees in the depleted areas. Seedlings of indigenous and adopted trees will be sourced from collaborating research institutions and provided to community volunteers to plant, nurture and monitor to maturity.
Partnering with Relevant Institution
There are research institutions and corporate organisations that can be involved in this projects. There are research institutions and multinational corporate organizations that can be involved in this project. Collaboration with these organizations is a strategy that will help sustain the cycle of development of the trees and facilitate the involvement of the communities. For instance, our specialized consultants and research institutions such as Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria among others will be interfaced to assist in the training of locals and supply of both indigenous and adopted tree seedlings.
Monitoring and Evaluation
The T.R.E.E Project is monitored internally by stakeholders and externally by independent consultants from institutions and Forest related associations. This not only provides enough information to measure progress and success of the project, it also provides credible data to support decision and policy making by the government and relevant stakeholders.
Local Security of Trees
To avert future crises of forest depletion, security measures that emanate from continuous research, monitoring and evaluation of the intervention zones is incorporated in the operations. This is done in conjunction with the communities. For instance, volunteers from the communities will be involved with siting and reporting illegal logging activities in the area, including indiscriminate grazing, communal control of usage of fire for farming and expansion of farm lands.
Incentive Based Involvement of Volunteers
It is important to have the volunteers work based on their interest and willingness to support afforestation in their community. This is why we introduced incentive-based involvement. This is not a direct financial grant but a form of economic support for individuals and communities at large. The initiative will progressively create and disburse incentives to dedicated volunteers across communities.
Awareness, Campaign and Education
There will be continuous mandatory awareness programs (CMAPs) to educate the masses on the need to improve their communities through afforestation projects. The communities and volunteers involved in the T.R.E.E Project will be trained on the specific skills required to complete their tasks. Lastly, the education of loggers to enlighten them on the problems created by illegal logging practices and numerous benefits of sustainable logging system will also be covered by the initiative.