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I am replying on behalf of DANIELA GOEHLER:

Acacia (primarily Acacia auriculiformis, with a small portion of Acacia mangium) was chosen for this program for a number of reasons. It grows quickly and can rapidly provide wood for fuel and building, with the goal of taking pressure off natural forests and providing income streams for local communities. It belongs to the Fabaceae plant family, and like other plants in this family, it fixes nitrogen in the ground through its roots which boosts soil fertility and can help increase growth of food crops, like lemons and oranges, which are planted alongside in this project. The trees also reduce erosion and act as wind-breaks. The project area is primarily on anthropogenic savanna - areas that have been degraded by human activities such as shifting cultivation patterns, livestock grazing or fire. By providing an alternative source of fuel, food and livelihoods, it can help conserve the biodiverse tropical forests of the area. As is standard practice, this project completed an environmental and social impact assessment prior to implementation.