SkillsTrain, Women Presidents' Organisation and South African Reforestation Trust team up to plant 10 000 trees.
We are losing our forests in a rapid pace
and the consequences are dire. As the World Resources Institute concludes :
"Over the past 150 years deforestation has contributed to an estimated 30% of
the atmospheric build-up of CO2. Deforestation is also a significant driving
force behind the loss of genes, species and critical eco-systems.
Forests provide essential services for
mankind. Forests produce clean air, pure water and rich soil. Forests prevent
erosion, desertification and floods. Forests help to maintain earth's
biodiversity and to regulate the temperature of the earth. Not least of all,
forests create a sanctuary for man.
Trees store carbon. A pristine forest
eco-system however also stores substantial quantities of carbon in the forest
floor: leaf litter, mulch and compost. Each and any tree in a healthy forest
will be replaced by another when it dies and falls over, maintaining the
average carbon storage capacity of the forest as a whole.
That's why it makes more sense to
participate in reforestation than just to plant a tree somewhere.
Planting a tree is always a good idea, but
planting an indigenous tree as a component of a natural forest within a planned
area, has the added benefit of creating a safe habitat for natural wildlife,
supporting entire eco-systems, while giving food and support to the smallest
and biggest of living plants, insects, animals and humans.
In South Africa, storing carbon we must.
The CO2 emissions of South Africa are equal to those of the whole of the rest
of the South African continent. How much carbon will be stored by a certain
forest, depends on numerous variables. But if a person plants roughly 350
reforestation-trees during her lifetime, she will be a carbon-neutral member of
|In short, forests provide numerous services
vital to our communities which can be equated to Rands and cents. Reforestation
and rehabilitation of pristine nature is a global imperative which should
actively be embraced by the business world. Businesses which believe in sustainability and contribute to safeguard ecological sanity, do so as
more than an environmental gesture-it makes long-term economic sense.
In recognition of this fact, the Women
President's Organisation (WPO) has decided to take a leading role and has
teamed up with the South African Reforestation Trust (SART). Embracing the WPO
mantra of "Reaching Farther Together", the WPO is going to make a significant
impact and aims to plant a forest of 10,000 trees on an approved site situated
on the banks of the Klein River near Stanford in the Overberg under the
auspices of the SART.
The South African Reforestation Trust is a
platform bringing landowners, institutions, organisations, companies and
individuals together to plant and extend indigenous forest eco-systems.
|The forestation of the South African
Reforestation Trust is a biodiversity enhancement program. Trees of many
different indigenous species are planted, mimicking the natural formation of
The WPO reforestation site, as all
reforestation sites of the SART, is old woodland which has been debilitated by
unsustainable agricultural use and subsequent invasion by alien invasive
Since reforestation will only take place in
degraded areas, no pristine nature will be sacrificed. Reforestation will not
take place on land suitable or earmarked for agriculture and hence will not
collide with food production. The WPO reforestation site is under management
for fire and erosion protection and ongoing removal of alien invasive
The reforestation sites are a sanctuary for
both flora and fauna. Harvesting of indigenous trees will not take place and
hunting and restricting movement of naturally occurring wildlife will not be
The WPO reforestation site, once
established, will be protected and develop into a pristine indigenous forest
eco-system which will be secure for generations to come. At the end of the day,
this pioneering WPO-initiative will have made an active economic and
sustainable investment in the tomorrow of our country.
Please help and join the WPO to leave a living legacy for our future
generations. How can you help?
- Donate as an individual or family
- Gift someone with a living legacy, in
memory or honour of a friend or loved one
- Celebration of life event, rally for trees
as gifts i.e. a Christmas gift for the person who has ‘everything'
- Donate as a team or organization
- Participate as a school involving the
children in their future sustainability
Go to https://saforesttrust.com/plant-a-tree/plant-a-tree-wpo/
and buy your trees on line. You will immediately receive your certificate.certificate example
Or, if you want to do more, go to https://saforesttrust.com/contact/ and talk to the WPO and the SART.
Hopefully others will soon follow the WPO's
ambitious lead and recognize their own responsibility and the economic sense of
rehabilitation and reforestation.
This project is brought to you by SkillsTrain Distribution who are
working in conjunction with the two South African
chapters of the Womenn Presidents' Organisation and The South African
Reforestation Trust to plant 10 000 trees. If you have any queries
you can contact Linda Botha from SkillsTrain Distribution on
linda@Skillstrain.co.za or give her a call on (011) 516 0463.
Trees cost R 120 each and all proceeds go to the tree planting project.
Furthermore SkillsTrain Distribution is offering a 10% discount on
their Wildland Fire Fighter and Water Rescue books. The discounted
amount will also be put towards the planing project.