As a contribution to fighting against global climate change, and in support of community resilience, I.A.A
planted 600 indigenous trees in Mbuluf Water catchment. The aim is to fight various environmental
threats, such as, Water shortage, pollution, prolong dryness and erosion. The trees were transported by
motorcycle from the nursery to the planting site, and we’re planted by I.A.A volunteers and Mbuluf
people.
TREE VALUE OR BENEFIT
Ecological and environmental value.
Trees contribute to their environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration,
conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wild life. During the process of photosynthesis, trees
take in carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we breathe. According to the US department of
agriculture, “One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons oxygen. This is
enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people”. Trees, shrubs and turf also filter air by removing dust
and absorbing other pollutants like Carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. After trees
intercept on healthy particles, rains washes them to the ground.
Trees control climate by moderating the effects of the sun, rain and wind. Leaves absorb and filter the
sun’s radiant energy, keeping things cool in summer. Trees also preserve warmth by providing a screen
from harsh wind. In addition to influencing wind speed and direction, they shield us from the downfall of
rain, sleet and hail. Trees also lower the air temperature and reduce the heat intensity of the green
effect by maintaining low level of carbon dioxide. Both above and below ground, trees are essential to
the Eco-systems in which they reside. For reaching roots hold soil in place and fight erosion. Trees
absorb and store rain water which reduce run off and sediment deposit after storms. This helps the
ground water supply recharge, prevents the transport of chemicals into streams and prevents flooding.
A fallen leaf makes excellent compost and enriches the soil.
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL VALUE.
Trees are an important part of every community. Our streets, parks, play grounds and backyards are
lined with trees that create a peaceful, aesthetically pleasing environment. Trees increase our quality of
life by bringing natural elements and wild life habitats into urban settings. We gather under the cool
shade they provide during the outdoor activities with families and friends. Many neighborhoods are also
a home of very old trees that serves as historic landmarks and a great source of town pride. Using trees
in cities to deflect the sunlight reduce the heat island caused by pavement and commercial buildings.