The tangible, piecemeal work that JustDiggit is doing in Kenya and Tanzania provides an example of how to restore nature using basic tools and local workers. Their model leans on nature-based solutions to increase canopy for shading and long-term water retention. 400,000 hectares have been restored, with an estimated 315,000 water bunds dug.
Their approach focuses on empowering local communities to take charge of their land and restore its degraded state. Through a simple yet effective technique called rainwater harvesting, Justdiggit trains farmers to dig small pits that capture rainwater, replenishing the groundwater table and fostering vegetation growth. These 5m-wide pits are called "bunds".
This revival of green cover not only improves soil fertility and yields but also plays a crucial role in mitigating climate change by drawing down carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. By empowering communities to take ownership of their land's regeneration, Justdiggit is fostering a movement of resilience and environmental stewardship across Kenya and Tanzania.
JustDiggit have worked with satellite image provider Planet.com to track changes and audit their donor contributions - €8 per bund. They work with local partners, leadtz.org in Tanzania.
Visit justdiggit.org to learn more and donate