The spread of alien vegetation on many of our rural landscapes increases the vulnerability of local people, their livestock and our shared environment to climate change. Alien vegetation consumes large quantities of ground water. It reduces ground cover and the water filtration capacity of grasslands. It reduces stream flows and the access of local people and livestock to clean drinking water. It reduces local biodiversity.

 

To reduce the vulnerability of people and place to climate change, Indwe Trust raises small grants to girdle and cut fast growing stands of alien vegetation. Our future plan is to chip some of the material and convert it into compost, and the remainder into charcoal production, to create employment and to generate income.

 

Beyond the management of alien vegetation, Indwe Trust is introducing villagers to the principles of rotational grazing as a management tool to grow more grass, feed more animals, increase biodiversity and ultimately income from livestock sales.