The objective of Zhaoyang project is to empower local communities on the preservation of their ecosystem in order to restore biodiversity, ensure soil protection and rehabilitation while also increasing farmers’ incomes through planting fruit trees.
WHAT THIS PROJECT BRINGS
Improves agricultural conditions by combining trees and local crops
Reduces the pressure on the remaining forests by providing timber for domestic use as well as additional source of food and source of income thanks to the fruits produced
Fights deforestation and climate change
China is considered as one of the main centers of seed plant’s origins and diversity in the planet. However, biodiversity faces serious threats due to habitat destruction, pollution, population growth and a lack of environmental regulations and awareness.
Yunnan, land of red earth, is located in a mountainous area, with high elevations. The region is rich in natural resources and has the largest diversity of plant life in China, but is severely affected by deforestation. Zhaoyang project has been implemented in the North-East of Yunnan province, sourrounded by beds of the Yangtze river. It covers several villages in Zhaoyang county, Zhaotong district.
Mr. Wang, party secretary of Ningbian village explains that “when I was young, slopes of Ningbian were covered with bushes and big trees. In the 1980’s, after the economic reforms, the economic level of the region wasn’t rising while more freedom was given to the farmers. They used it to cut trees until none of them remained. Since then, no reforestation project has ever been held in Ningbian, what you can easily see with your own eyes!”
FUTURE OF THE PROJECT : continue to improve its impact
Support to local farmers in standardization of nurseries, creation of revenue to local people with the setting up of new local nurseries
Implementation of waste management practices
Work on green agriculture and alternative planting methods
Agroforestry and reforestation
Local partnerYunnan Green Development Environment Foundation
Achievements119 757 trees planted (environmental & fruit trees)
- The Gold Standard is the most rigorous certification standard globally for carbon offset projects. It ensures that the projects actually reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and provide benefits to the local population.
The project is implemented in partnership by the Yunnan Green Development Environment Foundation (YGF), a local foundation. The implementation team – former Initiative Développement staff – is already experienced in reforestation projects, with a deep local anchorage and good relationship with the local authorities.
7 fruit tree species: Walnut, Chestnut, Apricot, Apple, Cherry, Aralia Chinensis, Hazelnut. These trees will bring a significant revenue to the farmers while requiring less management compared to crops.
7 environmental species: cypress, gingko, Robinia pseudoaccacia, Pinus Armandii, Cedar, Taxus Chinensis. These species have been selected as well adapted to their environment, and require a low care, what fits to their somehow harsh environment.
The project is located in several villages of the townships of Jing’an, Qinggangling, Xiaolongdong and Sujiayuan (Zhaoyang county). Trainings on agroforestry practices and sustainable forest management are key to ensure the success of the project. Villagers are involved at every stage from project design to project implementation and monitoring. The local forestry department is actively engaged in trainings.