MaGREEN (Maestros Green Project) is a United Nations Awarded prevention and awareness program that uses the process of refining education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning techniques. The initial target was to protect life and property in flood prone areas hence the project is themed “Respond Before the Floods.”
The program was developed after torrential rains wrecked havoc across Malawi, which led to 176 deaths, many more missing and more than 200,000+ people displaced. Malawi is a small, densely populated country with 17+ million people in South Eastern Africa, rated as one of the world’s poorest countries, with about 74% of the population still living below the income poverty line of $1.25 a day. This led to Maestros Team developing programs that help the generation of income by the locals as they are introducing and applying new environmental reduction impact techniques and training communities how to make their own shelters in cases of incidents.
The team advocates for tree-planting activities in 23 countries and annually plant trees in flood prone areas. It also promotes and funds clean and renewable energy enterprises; including the use briquettes as a replacement to charcoal with the aim of reducing deforestation. The innovation behind the briquettes is the use of compressed sawdust and recycled paper.
Maestros Team partners with traditional authorities to promote project ownership and train farmers in using environmentally friendly agricultural practices while working with governments through the Ministries of Environmental Affairs; in facilitating harvestable forest initiatives; where the communities are given a space to plant and harvest trees to reduce deforestation. Correspondingly working with the Ministries of Education in different countries; where secondary school and university students volunteer to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters across Africa. The organization trains the youth in climate action education using YALI (Young African Leadership Initiative) courses that was initiated by US state department and the 44th USA President, Barack Obama.