From Berlin to Yen Bai: 10,000 trees connect people across oceans
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|Excess vegetation was cleared manually, and large rocks and stones removed. Source: GIZ|
Forty households signed up to plant the trees, marking the realisation of an idea developed at GIZ’s offices in December 2019, agreed with the Tram Tau Protection Forest Management Board and taken up at the 85th International Green Week (IGW) in Berlin (Germany) in January 2020.
Founded in Berlin in the Golden 20s (1926), IGW is a one-of-a-kind international exhibition of the food, agriculture and gardening industries.
At Green Week, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) raised awareness about the vital role forests play in ensuring sustainable development and in the fight against climate change. After completing learning modules on the world’s forests, visitors to the BMZ stand were given the opportunity to support the planting of a tree in Vietnam.
Visitors at the BMZ stall were invited to participate in games about the importance of trees and forests. The donation would be use to contribute to Tram Tau Protection Forest Management Board’s existing forestation plan. The Management Board is currently collaborating with GIZ’s “Conservation and Sustainable Use of Forest Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” project.
As results, 10,000 trees were donated by the visitors during the biggest international fair of food, agriculture, and gardening industries held from 17 to 26 January.
|10,000 trees were donated by the visitors at the stall of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) during the International Green Week. Source: GIZ/photothek|
Fast-forward to April 2020, the planting sites have been prepared. Excess vegetation was cleared manually, and large rocks and stones removed. Planting holes were dug in lines and spaced as advised by technical experts from Tram Tau Protection Forest Management Board.
After the seedlings were distributed, the Management Board worked with villagers to ensure the planting was a success. In August, the new trees will be checked and any seedlings that did not survive will be replaced.
The project underlines the principle that forests are a global resource. The commitment to support tree planting in Berlin has connected people from diverse backgrounds in pursuit of a common goal – to protect the world’s forests.
The Tram Tau Protection Forest Management Board intends to use the 10,000 trees project as a model for future forest enrichment projects.
As a federal enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. On behalf of the German Government, GIZ currently provides advisory services to the Government of Vietnam in three priority areas: Vocational training, Environmental policy and sustainable use of natural resources, and Energy./.
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