Stop Deforestation in Africa!

The movement to help stop clear the forests in Mali.

Deforestation in Africa

Deforestaion is cutting down, burning, and otherwise destroying forests. The forests of Africa have been destroyed a great bit, except for the Congo Basin, mostly by loggers and by farmers clearing land for farming. About 90% of the forest has disappered in West Africa, and what is left is not useable. Today, people cannot go in West African unspoiled forests, except in Côte d'Ivoire and another along the border between Nigeria and Cameroon.

The African population is the poorest nation as millions of people go hungry all the time. the only way food is available to these people is if they farm. Therefore they have to cut down the trees for agriculture, so they can feed their people.Preventing deforestation is critical for many reasons. Having forests help protect coastal regions, control avalanches and desertification. Trees stabilize sand dunes, and prevent soil erosion and degradation. For many people in the world, deforestation threatens thier chances of living, as forests are their home, their way of getting food, medicine, and energy, as well as their spiritual and cultural ways.

How Can People Help?

Tree Aids is Here to Help

Mali is a vast landlocked country in West Africa, larger than twice the size of France. Much of the country’s northern region is part of the Sahara Desert and the extreme north is not very populated. There is a group of people trying to help stop deforestation. They are called Tree Aid. Tree Aid’s projects are in the country’s south region, where most of the population lives rurally and depends on agriculture for survival. To help they have to replant trees. Life keeps getting more difficult, as frequent droughts and high pressure on limited agricultural land. This problem is made worse by long-term unease in the country’s desert north. Deforestation is a serious issue in Mali, with an estimated 4,000km² of forest cover being cleared every year. The causes of this include land clearance for agriculture as well as meeting the country’s demand for fuel and timber. This high rate of deforestation is in actual fact harming agriculture and speeding up the process of desertification, as soil fertility declines and erosion accelerates.

TREE AID has been working in Mali since 1993. Our office there is based in Segou.

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