Tree planting is more important today than ever before – to combat climate change, habitat loss and land degradation, to control flooding and erosion, to provide shade, sustenance, fertile soils, fuel, income, shelter and a refuge for humans and wildlife. We all depend on trees, yet deforestation remains a global problem.
PACE (Pan African Conservation Education) continues to encourage and support tree planting and sustainable use of trees and forests.
Planting and nurturing trees is a fantastic way to involve and engage people of all ages with environmental conservation and stewardship. The PACE Tree Planting action sheet is an excellent introduction for community and school tree planting projects. Concise and illustrated, it is easy to print or photocopy and provides answers to common questions, like
Why plant trees?
Can planting trees help save wild forests?
Which trees should we grow?
What is the difference between exotic and indigenous species?
How do we get started?
What is a nursery?
Where should we put our nursery?
What do we need?
Where do we get seeds?
Our partners on the ground continually report using action sheets to support their conservation education outreach. Denis Agaba, PACE Champion in Uganda is seen here helping students launch their tree planting project at Ruhija Community Orpanage school in Ruhija Rubanda UGANDA.
Denis uses Action sheets to train teachers who work alongside these children on a daily basis, for example during the recent event for Wildlife Club patrons at Ruhija ITFC run by Wildlife Clubs of Uganda and Great Apes Film Initiative (below).
PACE action sheets are provided on CD as part of the PACE ‘pack’ or can be accessed (free of charge) from our download page. There are 80 different Action sheets. They are arranged by topic – Living with Wildlife, Water, Soil, Forests, Energy, Living by the Ocean and Living in the City. Each sheet contains education activities, and easy-to-understand practical information on topics ranging from construction and use of fuel efficient cook stoves, wildlife deterrents, rainwater harvesting, recycling plastic and other waste, purifying water, permaculture, composting, tree planting, etc.