The partnership will last from 2018-2020 and will be focused on supporting Raleigh’s Natural Resource Management (NRM) programming in Tanzania, where deforestation and desertification is a considerable issue. The project supported is called Youth for Community Conservation (Y4CC).
Through a generous provision of funding, Chadwick Textiles and Raleigh International can empower Tanzanian youth to mobilise 300 rural community members to live in sustainable harmony with their natural environment. To support this aim, the Y4CC project includes the planting of 100,000 tree seedlings and the establishment of a community-based natural resource management committee.
By planting an initial 100,000 pine seedlings and constructing one village-owned tree nursery, Y4CC will provide the rural community of Mkonge with a sustainable alternative to deforestation. Pine is a fast-growing species of tree which, when mature, will provide an alternative source of sustainable timber for community members to harvest for charcoal, firewood and lumber, thus reducing the pressure on local, natural forests.
Three Tanzanian youth will be supported by international volunteers to train and raise awareness among 300 community members in sustainable forest management, including the construction and use of fuel efficient stoves. One newly formed community-based natural resource management (CBRNM) committee will help ensure the project’s long-term sustainability.
Joel Chadwick, Managing Director of Chadwick Textiles, said:
“Chadwick Textiles are delighted and excited in becoming a corporate partner to such an established and credible charity as Raleigh international. We feel sure that by investing in environmental projects in Tanzania in particular, it will help bring about some positive change and demonstrate to both our customers and suppliers the importance we attach to ethical practices and initiatives, whilst also seeking ways in which we can as a business indirectly offset some of our carbon footprint.”
James Sutton, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Raleigh International, said:
“It is responsible businesses like Chadwick Textiles who are leading the way in their sectors, and demonstrating that through genuine collaboration we can strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through win-win partnerships”.
The first project being funded by Chadwick Textiles commences in September 2018, when the first Expedition volunteers arrive in Tanzania.