My name is Christian, I am programme manager for West Africa at VSF-Suisse. In July I visited our project in Togo. I am pleased to share with you some impressions from the region of the Abdoulaye Forest.Although this forest was declared a nature reserve in 1951, it is still overused. The local people lack alternatives, so that trees are illegally cleared and wild animals hunted. The habitat of numerous animal and plant species is thus increasingly destroyed.
To get out of this tricky situation, we offer new perspectives to the people who have used the Abdoulaye Forest Reserve. Thanks to our project former poachers now breed sheep, former loggers plant trees and women produce shea butter instead of charcoal. In this way, we not only secure the existence of local people, but also protect the valuable forest. I am now pleased to present to you some of our activities.
Let us start the exciting journey to the Abdoulaye region!
On the way to the region of the Abdoulaye Forest, felled trees and charcoal always make me wonder. These snapshots from the bumpy vehicle are a memorial to the ongoing deforestation in Togo. We need to act urgently!
Shea nuts offer an interesting source of income for women. But traditional processing requires a lot of wood. With this stove (picture in the right) we use nut shells instead of tropical wood for firing. Brilliant! In this way we can reduce wood consumption and protect the forest.
Animal health is at the heart of our work. In our projects we help to produce high-quality fodder from harvest waste. On the left Mr. Tchaadibande with chicken feed and on the right the breeder Mrs. Amegnom with pig feed.
The visit in Togo showed me that our work is extremely important for people and the environment. The local population is given long-term income opportunities, which enables the protection of the Abdoulaye forest.
Huge thanks for supporting VSF-Suisse and enabling the local population on the edge of the Aboulaye nature reserve to have a secure future.