Save Lives and Biodiversity Conservation in Farm Forestry Land
A Peacemaking Project by Peter O.
What is the injustice we are solving?
Uganda has the world's third-highest birth rate, with 47.8 births per 1,000 people. Such exponential population growth puts the country’s population in dire need for multiplicity of resources. The country continues to rely on woody biomass for its domestic fuel consumption. Other products such as timber, poles and non-timber forest products are also collected from the forests. To make it worse, majority of these products derive from natural forests that are in protected areas and on private land rather than from farm or plantation forests. The pressure of the current population demands is quickly leading to absolute loss of most of the forest cover and the associated products, as well as the various flora and fauna that previously existed because of the forests. Forests play a big role in livilihood security, and poverty alleviation. Forests also provide a broader economic benefit by stablising the environment locally, regionally and internationally. They are the key element in terms of carbon sequestration and rainfall formation. In uganda, several civil society organisations, community based organisations and concerned conservationists have started projects aimed at disseminating knowledge about the importance of forests in biodiversity conservatioon. In addition, many people with the help of external donors have managed to implement afforestrations drives through promotion of farm forestry, agro-forestry, community forestry, and many other activities aimed at improving livilihood, and at the same promoting forest conservation. Farm forestry incorporates forestry related activities and the use of trees around the farm. This includes planting of woodlots for fuel and wood products, for wind breaks, for shelter and shade for livestock and wild animals, for beautification and conservaion of biodiersity, to control soil erosion, to safeguard water quality, to lower saline water tables, to improve soil properties, and to conserve soil moisture. The history of human interaction with forests has been relentless clearing of forests to support agriculture, grazing animals, providing fuel interms of firewood, and building towns and cities. Good enough, there is now a strong move by some famers to reverse the trend and bring back trees in rural agricultural landscapes with the intention of restoring their lost biodiversity as well as for profit through sale of forestry products. Such a move has resulted from frequent education programmes provided by enthusiastic forest conservationists and civil society organisations by the help of funds from external donors and the government. In the poor rural households of Uganda, this is a rational response to improving livelihoods and living standards. Middle class Ugandans, farmers and small investiment syndicates are becoming aware of the potential of the forestry business, making small scale farm forestry more significant. Farmerss in Arua district are strongly motivated towards caring for the environment and passing on the farm, and the knowledge the next generation. This kind of passion among the farmers is very exemplery and will lead to many more farmers adopting the same tecnology/business. The aim of this project is to boost biodiversity conservation awareness and farm forestry among the various stakeholders in Terego county, Arua district, in order to create deep rooted sustainability in terms of income, environment and wildlife conservation
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of We have started afforestation campaign with a seed grant from US.Embassy Uganda https://ug.usembassy.gov/2017-julia-taft-refugee-fund/#.WcusXI-XmNc.linkedin, Our local NGO www.worldactionfund.org, which I manage this, we need more support from you
we will address Civil wars from South Sudan, refugees are settled on forest land this has put pressure on the biodiversity
by Afforestation, training teh communities on alternative sources of energy eg training them on charcoal briquette making, making energy saving stoves
Our Project Plan:
- To restore the ecosystem and improve on conservation
We will increase my / our compassion by...
Engaging Partners, friends and individual, envrionmental conservationists, supporting in donations to buy seedings and train communities on best practices of farming and alternative sources of wood fuel
How will you show courage?
By personally engaging in active conservation campaigns and lobbying support from wellwishers to voluntarily donate to restore the enviornment
How will you collaborate with others?
Inviting technical persons, volunteers and lover of environment with climatic change knowledge, working together to implement environment and biodiversity, joint project undertakings. Grant access from donor organisation will also greatly support this project
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
Monitoring and evaluation methods to monitor the project's progress and evluating the impact on the communities and eco system
- Tree seedling plantation (afforestation) alternative source of wood fuel and replace natural forests
- Community environmental awareness
- Alternative use of energy sources eg charcoal briquettes
- Training in good farming methods i.e agro forestry
- Training communities to make energy saving stoves