In previous years we realized that working in an extended area made it more difficult to protect young trees during the dry season.

What we have done

Benefits

Depending on the help we receive we can work on a larger or smaller area.

Difficulties

Objectives

  • Construction of infrastructure     
  • Achieving clean and sustainable energy self-sufficiency     
  • Getting acquainted among local communities

In 2015, in another area of ​​the land, we have grown in agroforestry mango trees and avocado trees that have not been able to withstand the dry season because of the very clayey zone where they were planted.

Our goal for the next 8 years is to become an example of an ecological and self-sufficient farm. We want to inspire as many people as possible to follow this healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

  • Regenerates the soil     
  • Bring the rain     
  • Purifies the air     
  • Gives healthy food     
  • Brings a financial entry     
  • Enables a healthy ecosystem

2019

Permaculture is a holistic approach to landscape design and human culture. This is an attempt to integrate several disciplines, including biology, ecology, geography, agriculture, architecture, appropriate technology, gardening and community building.


Permaculture is the conscious conception of "cultivated" ecosystems that have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is a harmonious integration of people into the landscape in such a way that the land develops in wealth, productivity and aesthetic beauty.

Tropical forests are located near the equator. The climate there is hot and humid all year round. These conditions are ideal for plants and trees that grow there without stopping. Tropical forests are very rich in biodiversity. They harbor a large quantity of plants and animals. These forests regenerate the soil thanks to the layers of humus due to the organic matter deposited there. They bring rain thanks to a strong evapotranspiration regulating the water in the air. They regenerate the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and emitting oxygen. Tropical forests are the lungs of our planet.

In 2014, we grew 1 hectare of agroforestry by planting mainly cacao trees, banana trees and fertilizer trees of the Fabaceae family. We have also grown various fruit trees, timber and crops (corn, cassava, yams).

The Ecological Center will first of all be a place of living where the priority will be to place man and nature at the center of all interests. This center will tend to be as environmentally friendly as possible through the organization of its territory, its buildings, its management of renewable energies, agriculture, water management and waste management. This space will accommodate people who wish to participate in the project, volunteers, trainees, and anyone who might come to learn and share knowledge about a sustainable way of life.


This ecological center will set up workshops to share its knowledge with the surrounding villages and mainly with the younger generations. It also aims to develop income-generating activities for the surrounding village communities by teaching them how to transform their agricultural products (preserves, jams, dairy products) or by creating crafts (hammocks, musical instruments).

All constructions will be made using ecological methods of bio-construction in accordance with the principles of permaculture.

In 2014 and 2015, we reforested one area of ​​the land by planting 1000 native trees. Unfortunately, during the dry season, the area burned and the planted trees went up in smoke.

Benefits

What we have done

After this year of planting, the maintenance of this forest area will cost 200,000 CFA or 300 € per year.

  • Experiencing self-sufficient community life     
  • Learning to live in harmony with others 
  • Valuing a way of life that is environmentally conscious     
  • Sharing knowledge and techniques of permaculture     
  • Enabling a cultural exchange

In 2014, we dug a 7 m deep well to have a first access to drinking water. We have also built a hut to have a first place of accommodation on the site.


At the moment volunteers are accommodated in tent and comfort is very limited.

Our objectives are to reforest 30% of the land or 8 hectares in the next 6 years, by planting 1500 trees each year on 1,5 ha.

The stages

What we have done

Difficulties

We want to grow 6 hectares of edible forest by planting 1500 trees per hectare each year.

After this year of planting, the maintenance of this forest area will cost 150,000 CFA or 250 € per year.

Ecological Center

Difficulties

Depending on the help we receive we can work on a larger or smaller area.

The stages

The stages

  • Bush fire
  • Drought
  • Uncontrolled cutting
  • ​Climate change

2018


To complete the project, we also need to feed, move, communicate and equip ourselves. Below, we show you the necessary expenses in food, transport, communication and equipment for the project.

Tropical Forest

  • Bushfire    
  • Drought     
  • Climate change     
  • Maintenance for the first 3 years

Food Forest

  • Regenerate the soil
  • Bring the rain
  • Purifie the air
  • ​Biodiversity

The "food forest" also known as "agroforest" is an agrosystem imitating natural forest and organized intelligently for eco-friendly food production. This pattern of land use has its origins in the earliest times in human history. The goal of the food forest is to produce healthy fruits with as little work as possible while respecting nature and drawing inspiration from natural forest systems. The system must include fertilizing plant species, which have the ability to fix nitrogen. In 3 to 4 years on average, an edible forest can start to be self-sufficient, with increasing efficiency over time, for an optimal production achieved after ten years.

Objectives

Other Expenses

Benefits

What is Permaculture ?


Our objective is to reforest 8 hectares of the land by replanting the species of trees that existed in the region allowing the rainforest to return to the area.

Objectives