Eco-system Transformation in Kenya
Canopy Earth is working with project partners in Samburu County Kenya to establish forest cover and to help implement local food security in the arid region. Samburu County currently struggles with drought, malnutrition, overgrazing and deforestation. Residents of Samburu County face a low-caloric intake on a daily level with 86% of the population below the Kenyan poverty line. In addition the area is prone to harsh weather conditions that leave local residents vulnerable to natural hazards such as drought. Approximately 75% of households are dependent upon water from unprotected wells, springs, rivers or streams with the average resident traveling 2.29 miles to obtain water. Currently a community driven approach is being utilized for the creation of a forest comprised of indigenous food-bearing species. The implementation of agro-forestry systems, holistic land management and water conservation techniques are helping to provide long-term food security, increase the productivity of ecosystems and livelihoods, and assist with community resilience to climate change related hazards i.e., drought. Community support at this time will help expand the current outreach of reforestation efforts in Samburu County.
Reforestation and Community Food Resilience in Haiti
Canopy Earth is helping in the establishment of a food forest in the community of Anse-a-Pietre in the southeastern community of Haiti. As one of the poorest communities in the world residents of Anse-a Pietre face daily shortages to sufficient calories and access to clean, fresh water. A primary species being planted in Haiti is the Maya Nut, Brosimum alicastrum. Maya Nut once abundant in Central America is now threatened and extinct in some areas. Maya Nut grows naturally in rich rain forest soils and compared to commonly farmed species is much higher in vital nutrients, including antioxidants. One adult Maya Nut tree can produce up to 440 pounds of food per year and can remain productive for over 100 years. Over 80,000-food producing trees have been planted in the community, these trees have the capacity to provide food for over 70,000 residents. Community support helps to expand the reestablishment of Maya Nut as well as other species to benefit the people of southeast Haiti.
Expanding Biodiversity and access to Aquifers in India
Canopy Earth provides direct support to Sadhana Forest Reserve in India. Since 2002 over 160 species have been established in an area that prior to reforestation efforts was suffering from a lack of vegetation and experiencing severe erosion as a result. The reestablishment of Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest helps preserve an ecosystem that once covered vast areas of southeast India and Sri Lanka. Currently there is only 0.01% of this habitat remaining. India is currently suffering from water shortages and nation wide is expected to only have 50% of the water supply necessary within the next twenty years. Basic low-tech water conservation strategies employed including; swales, check-dams and water-bunding, combined with aggressive planting and mulching have achieved substantial results. A system of trenches and earth dams store over 50,000 cubic meters of rainwater. As a result the immediate water table has risen by six meters. Consequently water sources are much more accessible to benefit the local population. As an example, wells in four nearby villages that were dry for the past 15-20 years are now providing water year-round. Community support helps to expand upon these water success stories in Southeast India and elsewhere.