The Brembo Forest in Kenya and the project within the Biodiversity Park in Chakan, India
To celebrate the 60th anniversary since its foundation and in partnership with Treedom , in 2021 Brembo initiated a forest sponsorship project by donating a tree subscription to every person working for it, thus giving life to the first Brembo Forest in the world in Kenya, in the Victoria Lake region. The initiative, called "Brembo4Earth - A gift for you, our forest for the planet", was conducted in partnership with Treedoallowed 14 thousand trees to be planted there in a combination of stem and fruit species depending on local area needs.
The Brembo Forest contributes to the achievement of ten of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, bringing both environmental and social benefits, allowing the development of agroforestry projects to be promoted, as well as the provision of profitable alternatives for the populations, together with local farmers' cooperatives. In 2022, monitoring of the Brembo Forest continued and local initiatives were set up to help environmental and biodiversity protection, such as support for the Biodiversity Park in Chakan, India.
This project was carried out keeping in mind the Miyawaki forest restoration technique, which enhances biodiversity. To make biodiversity conservation part of the culture of the people who live there, this forest will be made available as a platform for conservation education.
The Miyawaki afforestation technique was devised by the Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki and involves a dense and mixed forest, populated by large, medium and small canopy trees, shrubs and creepers. The tree species are selected from natural forests, allowing rapid restoration of the original ecosystem.
The selection of species is a decisive phase of the project: these can have medicinal properties or produce fruit or flowers, which also contribute to recreating the natural habitat for indigenous animal species. Indirect benefits, including environmental and ecological ones, are, for example, the soil’s increased ability to retain water and its nutrients, microclimate cooling, pollutant absorption and carbon dioxide retention.
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Assistance to the women and children of Thane
During 2022, Brembo started, in close coordination with Cesvi, a collaboration with an Indian organisation called Proaction.
Thanks to Brembo's support, Proaction launched a two-year project aimed at providing a series of socio-educational services for women working in the textile sector and for their sons and daughters.
Near Mumbai, in a town called Thane, a day facility has been created for children aged 3 to 14 years, aimed at supporting their psychophysical growth and learning processes. This is a multi-functional space where, in addition to educational support activities, other services are also provided, such as regular monthly health check-ups, counselling sessions, English language lessons and daily nutritional supplements. An adequate and balanced diet is, in fact, essential for children’s health and harmonious development.
This safe space was equipped and inaugurated in April 2022, involving 59 boys and girls so far. The intervention also aims to provide support to their mothers through medical insurance cover, regular medical check-ups, financial support to combat the phenomenon of early school leaving, especially of girls, and a training plan designed to strengthen their skills and abilities. So far, training has been organised on first aid, mutual aid mechanism, health and nutrition. This process saw the involvement of 49 women, while another 73 people from their families have benefited from the services provided.