ecolibrium’s Trees+ programme supports Temwa’s tree planting projects with the aim of combatting the effects of deforestation and climate change whilst also providing benefits to local communities.
Temwa was founded with a mission to develop self-sufficient communities in Northern Malawi by supporting projects in education, health, agriculture and forestry, and microfinance.
They have a community-led approach to development, making sure that everything they do is developed in partnership with the people they support in Malawi. They want to help communities achieve self-sufficiency, so projects aim to provide sustainable, long-term training to become independent.
Temwa’s specific carbon-balancing programme is based on three strands of work: tree planting; sustainable agriculture and agroforestry; and support for local governance. By working with community structures and improving household livelihoods they work to ensure that trees stay in the ground and protect a flourishing, green landscape. Achievements of this programme to date are:
- Over 329,000 trees have been successfully out-planted since the start of the project, including almost 80,000 in 2018, resulting in 116 hectares of reforested land.
- 17 Farmer Associations and forest-friendly community enterprises are now providing income for rural people.
- Written forest bylaws, developed by communities to protect trees, have now been passed.
Temwa’s work supports some of the most vulnerable households in the region, such as those which are headed by a female or child, have HIV-positive members, or are hosting one or more orphans. The projects Temwa support train villagers in the importance of good nutrition and sustainable farming; plant trees to combat the effects of deforestation and climate change; run mobile HIV testing clinics and establish HIV support groups; and promote young children’s literacy skills and fund students through secondary school; provide microfinance loans to budding entrepreneurs.