Did you know?
Since 2010, REVE Kandale has planted more than 7,000 trees -- mostly fruit trees and medicinal trees. The goals of tree-planting and the campaign to raise awareness for environment protection are to restore the local environment to its natural state. We aim to bring back wildlife that will provide an important source of protein and increase the availability of fruits and medicinal plants, thereby improving the health of the local community.
The region around Kandale along the Kwilu River produces a variety of crops, including cassava, millet, peanuts, beans, and many fruits such as bananas, mangoes, and pineapples. Food security is threatened due to farming and hunting practices that engulf much of the savannas in fire every year. Wildlife that is part of the local diet has steadily disappeared. The fires also contribute to soil erosion. Each year REVE Kandale members undertake vigorous planting programs to repopulate the forests, tending the small seedlings as they grow into mature trees.
Campaign Against Bushfires
REVE Kandale works closely with local village chiefs to educate community members about the negative impact of bush fires and the clear-cut removal of trees. These long-held practices have contributed to the loss of wildlife, insects, fruits, and other plants that traditionally played a key role in providing community members a healthy diet.
Return of the Caterpillars
In the years since reforestation of an area near Kandale began in 2011, a variety of trees and underbrush have flourished and been nurtured by local “forest-keepers.” Today, this rich environment is home to a variety of wildlife, including snakes and birds. In 2017, the return of the caterpillars — a nutritious and delicious staple of the local diet as well as a source of income—was a surprising and welcome sight. It provided solid evidence of the benefits of protecting the environment around Kandale.