Green City

Green Garowe was a research project implemented by Puntland State University in collaboration with Garowe local residents and Garowe local government from December 2021 to August 2022.

The project aimed at investigating the effective and sustainable mechanisms of promoting environmental protection as an educational process through community engagement with urban tree planting. The specific objectives included: exploring the existing tree planting practices in Garowe city, establishing factors hindering tree planting, demonstrating the tree planting process to community members for learning and practical action and developing sustainable funding approaches for tree planting in Garowe city.

A participatory approach was adopted with the intention of promoting co-production. Emphasis was put on promoting learning by practice(doing); this was achieved by demonstrating tree planting, protection, and care to the community members by the research team to enhance learning. The project team engaged the villagers in brainstorming sessions, focus group discussions and tree planting exercises. This was intended to enhance learning and promote project ownership. During data collection, the research team used qualitative methods, such as interviews, focus group discussions, observation and document reviews. These methods were chosen because they provided in-depth details on tree planting practices in Garowe city. The data collected was transcribed and analysed thematically.

The study identified that the city of Garowe had a tree deficit of 90,000 trees and tree planting was hindered by several environmental, administrative, economic, social, cultural and ecological challenges. As a result, the study team recommended the following to be done in order to increase tree planting in the city of Garowe.

(a) Education and awareness campaigns on tree planning to be intensified in schools, and the general community.

(b) Tree planting policy and by-laws to be enacted by the local council government to enforce tree planting and protection.

(c) More research to be conducted on tree diseases, tree protection methods, better methods of tree planting and best tree species.

(d) Sustainable funding mechanisms such as village tree fund, involving the diaspora community and the corporate organisations should be activated.

(e) The community should be engaged in tree planting activities through traditional and religious leaders and the use of social media should be embraced to create awareness and engage the community as well.

In conclusion, though it was discovered that tree planting in Garowe was challenging, there is enough evidence to prove that trees can grow and survive in the city of Garowe given the right care and protection.

Key Themes:
Climate Action
Sustainable Livelihoods
Location: somalia

If you’d like to know more, you can contact the project Principal Investigator here.