Successful land rehabilitation project 20 years on, lessons for livelihoods and reforestation efforts today
In the mid-nineties an innovative land restoration trial was carried out in three Eritrean villages. The evaluation carried out 20 years later shows the results were overwhelmingly positive.
Between 1992 and 1995 an innovative land restoration trial was carried out in three Eritrean villages which aimed to expand local people's livelihood options in degraded East African highlands. In 2014-15 an evaluation was conducted that examined the impact of this initiative 20 years later. Evaluation results were overwhelmingly positive, showing that it is possible to restore heavily degraded land with highly prized native trees while simultaneously improving local livelihoods through improved grazing, soil erosion control, fast growing trees, and increased wood supply.
Full evaluation report: