Breathing life back into ebony

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In Tanzania, Sebastian Chuwa has devoted his life to breathing life back into the M’pingo tree, a local ebony tree that the local population has been massively cutting down for 20 years. It used to abound in all Africa’s dry savannah but now there are only less than 3 million of them. Most of these are in Tanzania and Mozambique. Thanks to Sebastian Chuwa’s action, over a million trees have been replanted and he has convinced the local craftsmen to replant more trees than they cut. In 2004 alone, 30 000 trees were planted. This is a major success as 20 000 odd M’pingo trees are cut down every year for commercial purposes and it takes this tree between 70 and 100 years to mature.

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