Ongoing projects

1. Mivule Tree Propagation: Working Out a Recovery-path from Endangerment

2. Project Title: Drawing on Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Meanings to Conserve / Restore Family Forest Groves in Gombe Sub County,Wakiso District-Uganda

Funding Organization: The Rufford Foundation, UK

Project description

The project is undertaken in Gombe Sub County in Wakiso District, Uganda, with the aim of promoting the conservation and restoration of family forest groves while encouraging sustainable harnessing of the resources therefrom. Conservation efforts are anchored on the local indigenous knowledge.

The project is expected to offer sustainability literacy and consciousness to the communities by embedding indigenous knowledge/ traditional conservation approaches into contemporary conservation techniques. It is hoped that this knowledge will act as a spring board for ecological sustainability within the sub-county. In a bid to counter over dependence on the forest groves for fuel and timber, the project is equipping people with other income generating skills, particularly apiculture and sustainable trade in herbs. In addition, the project is training communities how to make affordable energy saving stoves and the use of bio-gas with intent to counter tree cover depletion. Community are also being taught how to locally manufacture charcoal briquettes from banana peelings and other wastes. These briquettes are a clean and affordable fuel for home use.

Expected outcomes

It is hoped that the practice of sustainable harnessing of the forest grove resources will become a way of life among the people of Gombe. Furthermore, there will be adequate supply of herbal resources and other forest products. The project is expected to realize a positive outcome in terms of improved biodiversity (forest groves are a habitat to insects, birds, reptiles and mammals), improvement in the soil structure and fertility as well as improved human well being through sustainable access to products such as firewood and fruits. The increased tree cover will certainly contribute to rain formation and carbon sequestration. Although the increased tree cover is anticipated to increase bird pressure on the crops, the overall effect thereof is not as hazardous as the climatic effects of deforestation.Tree foliage is a good quality feed for livestock and is particularly beneficial during the dry season. The project is thus expected to improve livestock feed availability and animal welfare. Improvement in community well being is expected as a result of adoption of other income generating activities. Lastly, emissions from wood stoves such as: carbon monoxide, particulate matter and nitrogen oxides that are carcinogenic, are expected to tremendously reduce as a result of use of clean fuels.