AstraZeneca (AstraZeneca.com) will expand its existing AZ Forest project in Ghana by planting an additional 2.2 million trees, aiming to increase the total number of remaining trees to 4.7 million; In Rwanda, AstraZeneca funded the pilot phase of an agroforestry project to accelerate the development of one of the country’s largest forest restoration initiatives; To restore degraded lands, AZ Forest relies on a multi-stakeholder approach involving local communities, plant experts and governments; Projects are part of the company’s global commitment to plant 200 million trees by 2030, removing approximately 30 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over 30 years.
AstraZeneca today announced the expansion of its global AZ Forest reforestation and biodiversity initiative, including new and expanded projects in Ghana and Rwanda. In Ghana, the expansion will increase the total forest area of the Atebubu-Amantin and Sene West landscape restoration project to more than 8,000 hectares, with an additional 2.2 million trees planted, bringing the total target number of surviving trees to 4.7 million. In Rwanda, AstraZeneca has funded a pilot phase of an agroforestry project that aims to plant more than 5.8 million trees over 30 years.
The project in Atebubu-Amantin and Sene West is a collaboration between the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance (CBA), New Generation Plantation Technical Assistance (NGPTA) and other partners. the local economy and creating nature-based business models for small farmers. The project is part of a global network of “Living Labs”, which aim to catalyze the development of circular bioeconomic value chains through landscape restoration, while supporting biodiversity and local livelihoods.
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To date, AZ Forest Ghana has recruited more than 1,200 farmers from 23 communities, planted more than 2 million trees and trained nearly 950 people in agroforestry and wildfire prevention and management.
AstraZeneca has also provided funding to accelerate the development of the “MuLaKiLa” project in Rwanda. “MuLaKiLa” aims to support local communities and livelihoods through agroforestry and restore the ecological balance of the Mukura Forest-Lake Kivu watershed. Aiming to be another “Living Lab”, the project will help more than 30,000 farmer households, in what is one of the largest forest restoration initiatives in Rwanda.
AZ Forest is AstraZeneca’s global initiative that, through collaboration with partners and local communities, will plant and maintain 200 million trees on six continents by 2030, removing an estimated 30 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over the next 30 years. AstraZeneca is the first healthcare company to commit to reforestation at this level, recognizing that climate change is the greatest threat to human health and that reforestation brings important co-benefits. These include improving food security, combating air pollution, improving local water quality, lowering surface and air temperatures, restoring habitats for biodiversity, and bringing social and economic benefits to communities.
Dr. Pelin Incesu, Area Vice President for the Middle East and Africa, AstraZeneca, stated: “AstraZeneca is committed to building a sustainable future for people, society and the planet, and expanding AZ Forest in Ghana, as well as the new project in Rwanda is an important part of that mission in Africa. By supporting communities to restore degraded lands, we tackle climate change and promote resilience and sustainability from the bottom up, creating a more sustainable and healthy future for all. This exciting project joins numerous other sustainable healthcare initiatives that AstraZeneca supports across Africa, including Healthy Heart Africa and our Accelerate Change Together for Cancer Care Africa program, which address some of the continent’s fastest growing health threats.”
Marc Palahí, President of the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance (CBA), said: “I am grateful to AstraZeneca for the new commitments that allow the CBA to expand the country in recovery in Africa. This initiative and the pilot project in Rwanda are great examples of how companies, scientists and local communities can work together for the benefit of nature and people.”
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Honorable Anthony Owusu of the Bantama Community of Ghana, Chair of the multi-stakeholder platform, said: “Our project’s multi-stakeholder platform has created an avenue where both farmers and opinion leaders come together to make decisions that affect themselves, their communities and the benefit the environment. ”
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of AstraZeneca.
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AstraZeneca strengthens support for environmental and social resilience in Ghana and Rwanda by expanding global AZ Forest initiative
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