Adventures in REDD+,  Conservation

Indigenous Tree Seedling Distribution Program November 2010

By Silvester Mkamaganga, Forester Wildlife Works Carbon – 25th November 2010


The seedlings, which have been bought from the community in the project area and nurtured in our green house to the right size to be planted in different degraded sites around to conform with the REDD’s concept.


The objective of this activity was to distribute tree seedlings to different sites to be planted as to meet the objective of restoring degraded land and afforestation.

Tree seedlings distribution

Marungu Hill Conservancy approached different schools and community members, selling the idea of tree planting and doing quotations on the amount of tree seedling each sites needs. The strategy Marungu hill use in schools was each student/pupil to be allocated three seedlings of which one seedling was to be planted at home and two to be planted at school under his/her care.

The students were supposed to take care of the tree seedling until they are mature enough to be left. The seedlings, which have been sent to the community, were under their care.

We were able to distribute 15,940 tree seedlings to schools and communities around the carbon project area. When others are off loading seedling, the G.I.S specialist was taking the U.T.M co-ordinate and photos of the site, to show the conditions on the ground assisted by other staffs, for the purpose of monitoring and evaluation the project.

On 9th November, 2010, tree seedlings were distributed to James Mboga, Kale Primary and Westerman’s. In total the tree seedlings were 1,020. But the U.T.M co-ordinates of the planting sites were not taken.

On 20th November, 2010 we distributed seedlings in three places which includes Marungu Secondary School, Itinyi Primary and at the residential place of Mrs. Mercy Joshua. There were 3,100 tree seedlings were distributed. Mr. Joseph Mwanganda assessing Mrs. Mercy Joshua planting site .

The students at Marungu Secondary School were assisting Wildlife Works Carbon tree nursery workers in off loading 1,100 tree seedlings for Marungu Secondary and Itinyi Primary schools.

On 21st November 2010, more indigenous tree seedlings were distributed to the community, which was taken to Mwanangao hill to restore the degraded area: 4,500 tree seedlings were taken to the site.

Gully erosion on the hills is an indicator of forest degradation on the Hill, which has a great impact on the activities done down hill.

On 22nd November, 2010 we distributed seedlings to Kiteghe primary, Kisimenyi primary, Bughuta primary, Mkamenyi and Kale primary. We divided ourselves in to two teams where as on team distributed to kale primary and the other team started from Kiteghe primary coming towards Maungu. We managed to distribute 4,760 tree seedlings

On 23rd November, 2010, we operated as on 22nd November, 2010.One team went to Marungu primary and the team supplied seedlings to Mbele primary, Miasenyi and Misharini primary. On that day we managed to distribute a total of 2,760 tree seedlings.


The activity went on well, but there were few challenges we faced here and there. We realized that most of the people in the schools have no plans in place for the planting programs; we assisted them to come up with one. Some of the challenges were poor roads, the teacher in charge of the environment had no precise information when were we coming, due to lack of convenient mobile network in place.


We managed to distribute the entire tree seedlings in time before the school closing according to plan, but for future smooth implementation of the same activity we propose that, there should be participatory planning with all the stakeholders so that each party should know its stake.

The summary of tree seedling distribution

Date Place distributed Total tree seedlings distributed
9/11/2010 James Mboga 500
9/11/2010 Kale Primary 500
9/11/2010 Westerman 20
20/11/2010 Marungu sec 200
20/11/2010 Itinyi primary 900
20/11/2010 Mercy Joshua res 2000
21/11/2010 Mwanangao Hill 4500
22/11/2010 Kiteghe Primary 500
22/11/2010 Kisimenyi Primary 850
22/11/2010 Bughuta Primary 1600
22/11/2010 Mkamenyi Primary 810
22/11/2010 Kale Primary 1000
23/11/2010 Mbele Primary 910
23/11/2010 Miasenyi Primary 600
23/11/2010 Misharini Primary 200
23/11/2010 Marungu Primary 850
TOTALS 15940

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