Last September, POPOF’s animators visited among communities of the KBNP mainly in Miti area. POPOF interviewed 456 people (men, women and young), 306 of them selected the tree seedlings to be planted again. The 150 people selected for animal breeding.
POPOF opted for the majority and bought seeds, materials for the nursery, 1 man from the community gave a contribution of his field to install the tree nursery which is a good thing.
In the 1990s, POPOF used to work with villagers to grow seedlings, now things have improved from mid-2000 to today. Now POPOF has the pupils from its own Anga-POPOF-Miti Forestry School and these trained pupils from the 10th, 11th and 12th grades including the POPOF’s Global Friends Club can grow trees by planting and transplanting in the fields of inhabitants living near the Park.
The long-term goal of POPOF is to educate the new generation so they get familiar with the nature, love it and improve the life in communities around the park.
So, it is our big pride to see these pupils of different age like this who participate this important activity. This is one of our strength for the conflict solution among locals who face the conservation issue of the natural resources of the DRC.
Pupils learning about the importance of tree planting