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Climate-resistant coffee trees could save Moz’s rainforest

Climate-resistant coffee trees could save Moz’s rainforest

PARK warden Pedro Muagura sees hope for the future as he picks a ripe handful of cherry red coffee beans from a more resistant variety of coffee trees introduced to communities farming around Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park. The prospect of a more reliable harvest from the crop, which thrives in the shade of indigenous trees, has given people living around Gorongosa a longer-term incentive to protect a rainforest that has lost more than 100 hectares of tree cover per year over the past four decades. Gorongosa is still recovering from a civil war that killed about 1 million people between…
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Kenyan villagers tap traditional wisdom to save native trees and water

Kenyan villagers tap traditional wisdom to save native trees and water

DOMINIC KIRUI WHEN the stream in his village in Kenya's western Kericho County dried up 15 years ago, Wilson Towett had to ferry water each day from another river several kilometres away during the two-year dry spell that followed. But much has changed since then. Using their traditional knowledge, Towett and 14 other elders in Cheplanget village began planting water-retaining indigenous trees along the stream's bare banks and issued local by-laws banning the cutting of bush and trees along the stream. Within two rainy seasons, it was in full flow again. "We learned the hard way 15 years ago... That's…
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