Category Archives: Education

Update on GKI’s Activities

GKI’s main focus at the moment is our SADC DNA conference which will take place in February. This conference will be a key event for CDM in Africa as it takes place soon after COP 16.  This conference will for the first time bring together DNAs from all 14 SADC countries to strategise, discuss their evolving role and plan for COP 17 in South Africa next year. More will be posted on the conference soon.

Aside from the conference we are also planning more training sessions, with one for ZIPAR completed a week ago and a new session scheduled for Ecobank. We are also pleased to have been invited to a seminar being held by Afrexim bank in Cairo at the end of the month where we will give a presentation on ACCE and GKI.

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A New Partnership with ZIPAR

Yesterday was a good day for ACCE/GKI as they signed an MOU with ZIPAR. ZIPAR stands for the Zambian Institute for Policy Analysis Research, their partnership will be of great value to GKI and ACCE since part of our work will be to research carbon finance and climate change in Zambia.  This kind of research is crucial since carbon projects are so new to this part of the world. 

We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.

Agroforestry Part II: Faidherbia Albida

 

The faidherbia albida is a species of tree native to Africa.  For thousands of years it has been recognised in countries such as Ethiopia and in West Africa as a very beneficial tree and now appreciation of this tree has spread to Zambia and Malawi.

 Although many species show promise in agroforestry, Faidherbia albida, an indigenous acacia-like tree is particularly beneficial in two ways.  At the recommended planting density of 100 trees per hectare, mature Faidherbia albida trees supply equivalent 300kg of complete fertiliser and 250kg of lime, which result in an estimated 250-400% yield in increase in maize under a tree canopy.  In addition, Faidherbia display the unusual trait of reverse phenology.  This means that they leaf up in the dry season and defoliate in the rains, the reverse of the common growth pattern and thus reducing competition for sunlight with rain-fed crops (such as maize, a common crop in countries like Zambia) which are grown underneath the trees so as to benefit directly from improved soil fertility.

For more on the faidherbia albida tree:  http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantefg/faidalb.htm

For more on agroforestry and its use for environmental sustainability: http://www.worldagroforestry.org/newsletter_?news=7