Overview graphic for a scientific paper linking trees to increases in property value and HouseHold wellbeing.
This is a context for a graphic to be included in a scientific paper. It will need to be less than half a page in size (8.5x11in). Would like to have a ?type of graphic and an editable Adobe Illustrator file. It should be able to be reproduced in Grayscale and in Color.
The purpose of this graphic is to illustrate the connections that must be drawn between planting a tree and then being able to enjoy the benefits of that tree years later. The paper shows proof that planting trees will over time increase the value of a rural household’s property. So the two most important elements are the seedlings that are planted and the house improvements that are made. This is data from low-income rural African communities, so the branches and leaves are often used or sold for cooking fuel. Every 5-10 years, the wood is harvested and sold to buy a new roof or used to build a new room to the house. Money is also used for other HH needs to ensure the well being of the family such as education, health and nutritious food.
Elements to be included:
• Sun – as a source of photosynthesis shining down on a growing tree (Eucalyptus)
• Land – a plot of land that can be near a house where farmers plant the seedlings
• Seedlings – SEEDLINGS are key and must be central to graphic. This little tree is often purchased at the market or provided by an organization to plant. The farmer takes care of it by watering and protecting from goats for about 18-months. Having the seedlings or not is a bottleneck in the linked relationships. The graphic has to show how this is the key point in the relationship.
• Tree products – as the tree grows the leaves and branches are regularly collected and sold or used for cooking fuel. Eventually after 5-10 years, the trunk is cut and sold for construction or firewood. The stump remains and can grow a new tree.
• The House – the dwelling value increases over time and particularly when the trees are harvested. A new roof is added. Repairs are made. A new room is added. The house in this model is the other significant focal point. It is the center of wellbeing and the object where the cash and construction materials are used. In some ways, the rural household is the place where the raw materials and cash are transformed into the families well being. Cash is turned into education; meals are cooked in the house; the house provides protection for health and safety.
• The kitchen and cooking – the secondary and less emphasized connection between trees and wellbeing is ‘diet diversity’. The study shows that people that planted trees had a more diverse diet as a result of the cash giving access to a wider variety of foods and also probably because they saved time and money on fuel – allowing better preparation. People that plant trees may also have the inclination to plant other things like a garden.
• Halo of wellbeing – these are the elements that should be included at the outcome of improved housing and income from trees -- education, assets, livestock animals, health