FOREST CORRIDOR PROJECT.

The project was implemented by the Jane Goodall Institute – Uganda with funding from the Jane Goodall Institute – 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 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.

Forest Corridor Project

OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES.

1) Restoring Regional Forests and Waterways.

  • Tree nursery establishment in villages.

Tree nursery establishment and management aimed at enhancing tree planting in the Bugoma-Wambabya forest corridor. This 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.

Five (5) community nursery groups were supported to raise seedlings. These include the Wambabya Nature and Tree Conservation Group, Ngemwa-Nzorobi Forest Conservation Development Association (NZOFOCODA), KIKAKODA, WAFOCODA and Butimba Sustainability Conservation Association

2) Tree planting in degraded forest and riverine areas.

Five (5) community nurseries were established raising 83,625 eucalyptus seedlings and 5,280 cuttings of Mitragyna stipulosa. School groups also raised Sesbania and Mvule (Milicia excels) seedlings. It is these indigenous species that were planted in the degraded forest areas.

3) Installing iron removal plants in boreholes and shallow well.
Four iron removal plants were installed on four water sources in the project area. The water sources include 3 boreholes of Kyakatemba, Kigaaga and Kanyegaramire Villages plus one shallow well in Rwamusaga Village. This intended to improve the quality of drinking water in the project area by removing iron. All water in the water sources mentioned above had turned brown and communities stopped using it. Iron is an objectionable constituent of portable water as it imparts a bitter characteristic, metallic taste and change in color of water, which may be yellowish brown to reddish brown. This makes water unsuitable for use. In addition to this, Iron stains everything with which it comes in contact.

With the construction of the iron removal chambers, water in the water sources  is now very clean.

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