This resulting agriculture practice is an alternative for the ‘shifting cultivation’ and a way to bridge the occurrence of persistent drought. Local participants showed the intention to apply the acquired knowledge to their own agricultural plot. This methodology also allows ecosystem restoration as it supports the preservation and protection of forests, meet the needs of the local community, and promotes good management of age-old tropical forests.
During the evaluation of the project, the participants enthusiastically indicated that “the training, has given us knowledge to improve our method of farming in a way that it will be sustainable for future generations.”
Ecosystem restoration means preventing, halting, and recovering of the of ecosystems that have been degraded or destroyed – to go from exploiting nature to healing it. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity.
Ecosystem restoration can take many forms: growing trees, greening cities, rewilding gardens or cleaning up rivers and coastal areas.
So let us start with ourselves, where we can all contribute in daily life.
When it comes to putting in practice the love for our wonderful planet and its beautiful inhabitants, we would obediently bring our own shopping bag to the supermarket,
Or if everyone deposits their own waste in the designated waste bins and not throwing it on the streets,
Or do we prefer to drink from our own drinking can than plastic bottles,
Or do not take a shower longer than necessary,
Or use our backyard for growing plants, because with more trees or plants in the garden, the rainwater can be collected, which ensures cooling,
Or think carefully if we prefer to take the bike or walk, rather than take the car to the shop on the corner.
After all, we love nature and want future generations to be able to enjoy it too. Nature gives us so much, so is it not time we started giving something back?
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 GCCA+ Project Documentation February 2019: “Participatory mapping, ecosystem service assessment, and resilience against climate change”