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Collage of students planting trees.

Let's Plant Addis is a joint reforestation project in Ethiopia, launched by Let's Plant e.V. in cooperation with the environmental group of the German School in Addis Ababa (DBSAA) and the Ethiopian Forestry Research Institute (EEFRI) in 2020. The goals of the project are:

  1. 10,000 trees of local tree species are to be planted on an eroded/deforested area.
  2. The trees are to be cared for over a long period of time so that they can establish themselves sustainably. 
  3. The students are to be involved in the reforestation process, actively shape the project, gain experience and develop an awareness of sustainable reforestation.

With the help of EEFRI, an area of about 4ha near Bishoftu was identified and recruited for the project. The local tree species Olea africana (African olive tree) and Juniperus procera (East African juniper) emerged as suitable species for the area. A total of 10,000 seedlings of both species were grown between October 2020 and June 2021 in a self-built nursery on the DBSAA premises and at the forestry Institute. In July and August 2021, the seedlings were planted out on the site with the support of EEFRI and local labor. Currently, the seedlings are watered and protected from animal browsing by guards. Our president visited the area in September 2021 and interacted with our local partners.

Here are some impressions of the project:

Students sowing tree seeds.
Details of sowing

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Individual Students
Some students around a provisional nursery

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Seedlings in bag pots.
Seedlings in nursery.

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Unloading seedlings on planting site.

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A man planting a seedling.

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Two men planting seedlings.

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Young people planting seedlings.

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More people planting seedlings.

Milestones that have already been achieved:

  • Preparation of a small tree nursery on the premises of the German school.
  • Procurement of the 10,000 seeds.
  • Sowing of 750 seeds on the premises of the German school.
  • Sowing of the remaining seeds at the forestry institute.
  • Integration of the planting campaign into the curriculum of the German school (e.g. within the framework of working groups).
  • Announcement of the project in the Bonn area (e.g. newspaper article in the General-Anzeiger).
  • Localization and acquisition of a suitable area.
  • Planting of the seedlings on the area.

For the project we still need donations for

  • Construction of a fence to protect against browsing by wild animals
  • Irrigation of the plants
  • Paying local laborers to assist with irrigation
  • Donations to date have been used to purchase the seeds and nursery stock, provide irrigation to date, and plant the seedlings on the site.

In addition to support from committed private individuals, we have received an initial financing from Deutsche Telekom and the non-profit organization Menschenfreude.org financed 1,500 trees. Many thanks to all previous donors! Overall, we have achieved around a third of our donation target for this project. Therefore, the following still applies: every donation helps to advance the project and to plant Addis!

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You are very welcome to share our German project flyer as well! The flyer can be downloaded here: Flyer Let's Plant Addis

Flyer front
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Companies and Organisations, which support this project:

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Panorama view of rift valley

As part of the Tropentag 2022 we are again organizing a photo competition. The topic is: upgrading/improving degraded land in terms of holistic landscape management. The call for applications is carried out in cooperation with the Tropentag 2022 (https://www.tropentag.de/). The Tropentag takes place from September 14 until September 16 2022 as a hybrid conference (partly online, partly in attendance) in Prague. The conference is jointly organized by the universities of Berlin, Bonn, Göttingen, Hohenheim, Kassel-Witzenhausen (all Germany), Ghent (Belgium), Prague (Czech Republic), Vienna (Austria) and furthrtmore the Leibniz Center for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF e.V.), the Working Group for Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural Research (ATSAF e.V.) and the GIZ Fund International Agricultural Research (FIA). With around 1000 participants, the Tropentag is one of the largest scientific congresses on tropical and subtropical agricultural sciences in the world. It is interdisciplinary and designed with a strong emphasis on young scientists

The idea of the photo competition is to find pictures and photo reports on the topic that are as expressive as possible. In this way, interesting, promising and emotionally appealing approaches should be collected and made known. 

The two categories of the competition are:

  1. Best single picture
  2. Best photo story (max 10 photos)

An informative title and, if possible, a small history and (scientific) background information are asked to be provided for each submission. Submissions are sent to fotocontest@lets-plant.org. Deadline for submissions is 31.08.2022.

By submitting, the sender agrees to provide a non-exclusive right to the NGO Let's Plant e.V. to use the pictures and the accompanying texts for non-commercial purposes, in particular for exhibitions in print and online, always acknowledging and mentioning the sender/copyright holder. In cooperation with appropriate sponsors, Let's Plant offers to organize publically accessible exhibitions of the best placed photos.

 

The Winning Photos of Tropentag 2021

Also in 2021 we had great photos and background stories. A big thank you to all participants! Here are the ranking and the winning photos:

Category single photos:

1st place: Sarada Thapa. See photos.
2
nd place: Toán Nguyen. See photos.
3rd place: Toán Nguyen. See photos.

Category photo stories:

1st place: Shibire Bekele. See photos.
2
nd place: Giovanna Chavez. See photos.
2nd place: Inga Nienkerke. See photos.

The Results of Last Year: Tropentag 2020

In the framework of Tropentag 2020, Let's Plant hosted the photo competition for the first time. Many interesting photos have been submitted concerning the topic "to upgrade / improve degraded land in the sense of holistic landscape management" - from over 18 countries covering 4 continents! The jury ranked the submissions and the results have been presented as part of the enclosure of Tropentag 2020. We thank all participant for their phantastic contributions! For the jury it was very difficult to decide for a ranking of the photos. We nominated three winners in the category "Best single picture" and three winners in the category "Best photo stories". Here are the results:

Category single photos:

1st place: Rex Parro. See photos.
2
nd place: Julian Neef. See photos.
3rd place: Sushma Banjara. See photos.

Category photo stories:

1st place: Jakob Scheler. See photos.
2
nd place: Teresa Rojas. See photos.
3
rd place: Elio Guarionex. See photos.

Some of the winner photos are exhibited in the framework of the project Zeitenwende in the Kottenforest (near Bonn). The exhibition can be reached by this route.

 

Exhibition Zeitenwende

 

Companies and Organisations, which support this project:

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Climate change is one of the biggest problems humanity will have to tackle in the coming years. One of the most appropriate measures to combat global warming is planting trees. Trees have the amazing ability to provide various ecosystem services - and for free! Among other things, they store large amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, clean the air, have a cooling effect on their surroundings through their transpiration, have positive effects on wildlife and biodiversity and provide people with food and oxygen.
It's actually pretty easy, isn't it? You just have to plant more trees! Unfortunately, this awareness has not yet reached everyone. So we want to change that by raising awareness of the importance of planting and reforestation projects. We do this, for example, by convening discussion groups where people can come together and discuss things with one another, organize thematic film presentations, report on various projects such as our planting project in Ethiopia, in regional daily newspapers, at trade fairs and at presentations, carry out campaigns with schools and host an annual photo contest on improving degraded landscapes. Since these actions are often associated with financial outlay, every donation helps to carry the idea and awareness out into the world: Let's Plant!

 

Companies and Organisations, which support this project:

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