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Welcome to the Million Tree Project for Somalia- Helping our environment.  
Global Aid Against Poverty (GAAP)
Pastoralist Foundation for Poverty Reduction
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Former Minister of Environment in Somalia
Somalis burning through charcoal supply

Executive Summary

The project is an environment sector project. The title of the proposed project is a million trees for Somalia aimed at planting One Million tree per a year. Due to natural and human causes the environment in Somalia is serious deflated. The organization proposing the project is GAAP is registered in Washington Secretary of State as a Charitable Organization., it is also registered in Kenya and Somalia as an NGO. The project will be conducted in two regions; Lower Shebelle and Lower Juba in selected areas. The selection will include various villages in the two areas selecting the about 420 beneficiaries who each will be provided with 250 seedlings to transfer to their farms. The proposed objectives of the project includes; identification of the beneficiaries, purchase or preparation of the seeds/cuttings, identification of the areas for setting up the tree nurseries, preparing and planting of the seeds in the nurseries and nurturing them, conference capacity building to several beneficiaries prior to planting of the trees, transfer of the seedlings to the beneficiaries, continuous monitoring and follow up to address of key problems and challenges of the project and finally conduct mid-term, final and summative evaluations. Over 2000 tree species were planted during October 2012 as a pilot project in Barawa rural areas of Lower Shabelle region as GAAPs initiative in one million tree for Somalia project.

Reforestation for Sustainable Forests

Deforestation is a critical problem in Somalia, affecting over half the country's forests and negatively impacting ecosystems, environment and people's well-being. Rural and urban areas where many of Lower Shabelle and Lower Jubba regions livestock and wildlife arrive each fall, have become rural areas of remnant forests surrounded by plowed fields and cutover lands; river and shoreline are filling with plastic bags and charcoal silt from bare slope that were once forested.
Tree planting is making a difference. Since 2011, trees have been distributed to communities and small landowners, and the resulting new forests are greening up the rural area in Lower Shabelle and Lower Jubba of southern regions of Somalia, helping restore watersheds and giving the people new hope for the well being of their families and environment.
By the end of the 2015 planting season, over 5 million organically grown pine and other native tree seedlings will be planted.

Why trees

Million Tree Project for Somalia gives out many advantages such as
It brings proper rain. 
It reduces Global warming. 
It prevents soil erosion from heavy rains. 
It brings in beauty to the Nature.
It avoids acid rain. 
Trees contribute to their environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. During the process of photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we breathe. One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people." Trees, shrubs and turf also filter air by removing dust and absorbing other pollutants like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. After trees intercept unhealthy particles, rain washes them to the ground.

Many animals, including camels, elephants, koalas and giraffes eat leaves for nourishment. Flowers are eaten by monkeys, and nectar is a favorite of birds, bats and many insects. Animals also eat much of the same fruit that we enjoy .This process helps disperse seeds over great distances. Of course, hundreds of living creatures call trees their home. Leaf-covered branches keep many animals, such as birds and squirrels, out of the reach of predators
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