Over the last three decades, nearly two million hectares of forest have been lost from Mali, mostly to make space for farmland — this is known as deforestation. In the Ségou region of Mali, the Duwa and Sutebwo forests have been hard hit by deforestation and the effects of the climate crisis.
With rainfall becoming more unpredictable, and soil losing its fertility, people are struggling to grow trees and crops — something which they depend on for food and income. As a result, over half the population of Mali live in poverty.
The project came to an end in 2020 with some impressive results. We trained nearly 1,500 farmers in land and forest management techniques, like tree planting and regeneration and soil and water conservation. In Sutebwo forest, tree cover has doubled since farmers have started putting tree regeneration techniques into practice.
We worked with local authorities to promote the rights of local people in managing and using forests. As a result, 75% of the people we worked with now feel they have fair and equal access to their local forests.
This project was made possible with funding from The Darwin Initiative and support from our local partner, Sahel Eco.