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Pilot Project “Community Reforestation Project TCT Dalmann 2006-2010”
It all started with a grant from DED (German Development Services) of USD 10,000 which was entrusted to TCT Dalmann for community development. TCT Dalmann used the monies to kick off a pilot project, which had no name at that time, but has since then evolved into the “Community Reforestation Project TCT Dalmann 2006-2010”. After the initial year, this project, which bases itself on the voluntary “paid environmental services” scheme, has been entirely funded by TCT Dalmann. And it had a very rough start, showing absolutely no results regarding reforestation the first two years. 2008 was the first year in which trees began to survive the planting season. But the community development aspect of the program was at work below the surface, which has been reflected in increased awareness and acceptance of forestry techniques and the willingness to work for a long term gain. Once the farmers realized that they could trust the private sector and would indeed receive payment for their services, survivability rates began to climb. The program now works with 64 farmers and 10,000 trees survive today. The paid environmental service here is calculated in living trees at the end of each growing season over four growing seasons per tree. Each year, new trees are planted. It’s not easy to stay in the program; if you don’t perform you are suspended for at least one season. And now living trees mean real dollars to these farmers and they are truly motivated.