Green Life plus Programme

The interaction between Humans, wildlife and the environment will never lose its importance. Unfortunately, this co-existence has suffered a serious blow mainly due to the resultant side effects of human activity. A cycle of adverse effects continues to pose serious threats to the continuity of each of these individual variables and things are now getting out of hand. Climate change is one such negative result which needs immediate and continuous human intervention to sustain the earth and the quality of life it must continue to carry. The intervention cannot be achieved by one person hence the need for global participation to achieve measurable and desired results.  Seeing the evidence of negative outcomes of human activity on the environment, Biodiversity, and human life itself, we are so concerned that we wish to be part of this global movement to save the environment and improve the life of all creation hence, the formation of Our Green Life Plus Programme.

The Green Life Plus programme is designed to identify, address and limit current and potential effects of human activity and other developments on the environment.

Goals

  • raise awareness of the effects of some human activities on the environment
  •  to address the factors behind global warming
  • to mitigate the effects of human activity on the environment
  • to prolong the health the of planet
  • to support human life and reduce its effects on other lives

The programme’s main objectives are centered mainly on efforts to address the following key global environmental problems that are affecting communities in the Southern African developing Countries;

  • Deforestation and forest degradation
  • Overexploitation of natural resources and land degradation
  • Increased emissions of GHG
  • Climate change
  • Habitat loss and fragmentation
  • Loss of biodiversity.
  • Conventional energy systems

All these problems are interconnected and therefore are described as a system of related variables, and not presented simply one by one.

Current baseline (business-as-usual – BAU) and future scenarios without the project show that the rate of deforestation, forest degradation, general land general and soil erosion will continue on a high level in the short and medium terms.  Under BAU scenario, the emissions of CO2 from deforestation and forest degradation will continue to grow in the future.

Land degradation and loss of fertile soils will increase pressure on forest areas as farmer families need to open new land for producing food, energy production, housing and other activities. The BAU scenario will put at risk the generation and delivery of crucial ecosystem services of local, regional and global significance, among them provision of water and food, climate regulation, and soil retention and formation. The expansion of the agricultural frontier will continue and accelerate the fragmentation of ecosystems and habitats affecting the rich biodiversity of the complex of NPAs.

As an alternative to the BAU scenario, and due to its higher social, cultural, political and financial feasibility in comparison to other alternatives, the programme works to address a combination of institutional, social and economic barriers. This includes on one hand, weak institutional capacity to sustainably manage natural resources, and on the other hand, low level of incentives for farmers to conserve forests and for sustainable land and natural resource management in general, weak influence of awareness about consequences and costs on production practices, and limited smallholder farmers´ abilities to sustainably manage forest and land resources.

The programme takes advantage of and builds on current government policies, programs and investments in the Southern African Developing Countries as well as NGO, Private sector participation, community readiness as well as UN & International Community influence. The respective governments have made crucial political, institutional, and financial commitments and investments that seek to improve awareness and address environmental Management matters

 Activities

We employ a number of efforts in a bid to advance our Organizational objectives, goals and values as well as to advance International, regional and global efforts to address matters regarding the relation of people, the environment and Biodiversity. We support Research on environmental, energy & Biodiversity matters, conduct environmental conservation campaigns, promote clean energy and cooking devices, conduct environmental impact assessments, disaster and risk management as well as formulation and adoption of wildlife conservation measures. In making integrated efforts to ensure successful measures of saving the environment and lives, we are working with farmers and institutions to promote green and better farming practices, and improve on natural resource management. We realize that environmental matters are inseparable with Human life and wild life hence, we take a holistic approach towards the address of issues affecting these interrelated variables.