Have you ever wondered how biodiversity science affects your everyday life? If so, a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden on International Biodiversity Day on 22 May can give you many of the answers.
During her flight to Joburg, Natalie Roos stared out the window and was stunned to see the lack of trees in the countryside. Only here and there, closer to KZN, could you see some greenery. On her return home, she decided to do something about it.
This annual reforestation effort has seen over 3000 indigenous trees being planted in Platbos Forest, the southern-most forest of Africa since 2010.
Deforestation and desertification are critical problems in India that have led to barren land, increased soil erosion, decreased agricultural production, and devastated local wildlife. However, one Indian man has made a stand.
Ashes, including those from cremated remains, are good sources of phosphorus for plants. So the final act of the ecologically-minded could be to fertilize a tree.
Indonesia’s Minister of Agriculture Suswono has praised sustainable palm oil practice in Dosan village, and says this initiative is a perfect example of the way large palm oil producers can remain profitable without further destroying the forests.
Getting people to grow their own tree from seed and then having a million trees geotagged and mapped out is the vision of two young ‘treepreneurs’ from Centurion, Sean Hide and Patrick Leckie from Grow A Tree.
Recently, our team spent a relaxing weekend at the 1000 year old Platbos Indigenous Forest, near Gansbaai. We slept in huts made from wood and canvas, and heated up the geyser by making a fire beneath it.
Arbor Week was celebrated nationally from 01 to 07 September, and in 2012, the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) urges all South Africans to heed the call to respect and nurture the greenbelts in our urban areas.
Volunteers from all walks of life gathered in Livingstone, Zambia during July 2012 and found common ground in a passion for the environment. Sindy Peters tells us about her experience joining the "treevolution."
Save our Planet – Plant a Tree reached a new milestone of 10 000 indigenous trees donated to school pupils and residents of Pretoria so far this year.
An American owned company with a track record of illegality and links to private equity giant Blackstone Group is threatening to destroy rainforests and dislocate local communities in Cameroon, Africa.
Living fences are a sustainable and beautiful alternative to conventional construction. This offers farmers, wildlife, and plants numerous advantages.
A responsible supermarket will be making a sizeable donation to Food and Trees for Africa, in support of Arbor Day and Arbor Month, starting 1 September.
Greenpop's Trees for Zambia 'Conference of Action' is set to start on 1 July 2012, after over a year of preparation. The team is setting up and trees are ready to be planted. School children, local businesses and volunteers are gearing up for 3 weeks of tree planting, soccer activities, live music and more.
It may no longer make economic or environmental sense to pursue forestry endeavours using conifers in the Western Cape. If local plantations are to be maintained, invasive pine trees will continue to spread, the Cape’s water supply will continue to dwindle and the unique natural diversity of the fynbos region will be changed forever.
Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has partially vetoed a bill that would have weakened her country's efforts to protect the Amazon and other forests.
A once an under-greened and neglected area in the outskirts of Durban will soon be boasting with countless lush trees once their home-grown yellowwood and paw-paw trees start spouting up like skyscrapers around them.
For three weeks in July 2012, Greenpop is hosting a reforestation project in Livingstone, Zambia; the country with the second highest deforestation rate in the world. They will be planting over 5000 indigenous and fruit trees that are growing at the Zambezi Nkuku nursery, and hosting valuable educational sessions for children and subsistence farmers. This will be the start of an ongoing campaign to make Zambia a greener and more sustainable place.
Inspiring 20 year old, Khethi Ngwenya was working towards his dream of becoming an entrepreneur through his small media company, SchoolMedia when he realised that many schools, particularly those in the townships, were almost devoid of greenery with no grass to speak of, let alone trees.