FOREST CORRIDOR PROJECT.

The project was implemented by the Jane Goodall Institute  (JGI) – Uganda with funding from JGI – Austria in Cooperation with the Austrian Public Campaign “Mother Earth”

Project Lifespan.

The Forest Corridor Project (FCP) was implemented for one-year  (January – December, 2015) and it targeted over 3,500 community members in seven (7) villages in Buseruka and Kiziranfumbi sub counties, Hoima District.

Project activities were implemented in the corridor between Wambabya and Bugoma Central Forest Reserves (CFR) in Hoima District. Funding of this “Forest Corridor Project” (FCP) was received from JGI Austria in cooperation with the Austrian Public Campaign “Mother Earth”.

FCP Background.

In 2009, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) obtained funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to implement a ’Sustainable Livelihoods Project (SLP)’ in seven (7) villages located between Bugoma and Wambabya Central Forest Reserves in Buseruka and Kiziranfumbi Sub Counties, Hoima District, Uganda. SLP intended to restore regional forests and waterways, improve community livelihoods and promote environmental education.

Whereas the above SLP was a success, some of the interventions still required continued technical support while others needed scaling up so as to benefit other (previously not reached) community members in the target area and, potentially, adjacent villages.

With funding from JGI Austria in cooperation with the Austrian Public Campaign “Mother Earth”, JGI- Uganda managed to provide further support and scaled up previous efforts in forest regeneration and conservation, community monitoring of resource management interventions, applied technology (e.g. geospatial, water testing) to monitor the forest corridor as well as improved environmental knowledge, attitudes and understanding in schools and communities through Roots and Shoots groups.

Project Goal.

The project aimed at consolidating the phase of the former Sustainable Livelihoods Project is which aimed at sustaining reforestation and maintenance of the corridor between Wambabya and Bugoma Forest reserves, preventing further encroachment of these reserves;entrenching sustainable environmental practices and resource use mechanisms, and enhancing sustainable livelihood options for communities.

Tree nursery establishment in villages.

This aimed at enhancing tree planting in the Bugoma-Wambabya forest corridor and it was based on the need for fuel wood requirements, forest corridor connectivity, fodder for animals and timber requirements. As such, fast growing timber tree seedlings such as eucalyptus, pine and sesbania were raised to provide for fuel wood and timber requirements to reduce pressure on the natural forests. Other species such as Mitragyna stipulosa that characteristically grows in water logged conditions especially along low-lying river edges and swamps was planted along the Wambabya-Bugoma riverine forest to enhance forest corridor connectivity.

Tree nursery establishment in villages.

This aimed at enhancing tree planting in the Bugoma-Wambabya forest corridor and it was based on the need for fuel wood requirements, forest corridor connectivity, fodder for animals and timber requirements. As such, fast growing timber tree seedlings such as eucalyptus, pine and sesbania were raised to provide for fuel wood and timber requirements to reduce pressure on the natural forests. Other species such as Mitragyna stipulosa that characteristically grows in water logged conditions especially along low-lying river edges and swamps was planted along the Wambabya-Bugoma riverine forest to enhance forest corridor connectivity.

Tree nursery establishment in villages.

This aimed at enhancing tree planting in the Bugoma-Wambabya forest corridor and it was based on the need for fuel wood requirements, forest corridor connectivity, fodder for animals and timber requirements. As such, fast growing timber tree seedlings such as eucalyptus, pine and sesbania were raised to provide for fuel wood and timber requirements to reduce pressure on the natural forests. Other species such as Mitragyna stipulosa that characteristically grows in water logged conditions especially along low-lying river edges and swamps was planted along the Wambabya-Bugoma riverine forest to enhance forest corridor connectivity.

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