The Green Lung of Uganda Forest Restoration Project.

The Green Lung Forest Restoration (GLF) Project was a six (6) months project from July 2016 to January 2017.

The GLF project was implemented in six parishes within Hoima District in Western Uganda with the purpose of enhancing the resilience of forest adjacent communities and protective ecosystems through community-led adaptation interventions focusing on riparian forest afforestation and livelihood diversification.

This project mainly focused on private and communal tropical natural forests that form important wildlife corridors between the Budongo and Bugoma Forest Reserves in the Hoima and Masindi Districts of Western Uganda. The Budongo – Bugoma Corridor (BBC) forests are home to critically important chimpanzee populations that live outside Uganda’s national parks and other protected areas.

The project addressed  problems that contributed to forest degradation such as clearing for agriculture and unsustainable harvesting, Lack of alternative sources of income and inadequate awareness of importance of trees.

In dealing with these problems, the project  also addressed underlying problems such as increased demand for forest products (i.e. poles, timber, for construction, charcoal production; firewood for domestic use), and tackled the issue of incentives for community participation in conservation through investing in tangible livelihood/economic safety nets. Additionally, by implementing the activities proposed  moisture was maintained within the soil and this helped to mitigate unpredicted increase in droughts in the target area.

The project as well as focused on restoring forest functions and improving ecological processes at a landscape level; addressing socio-economic and environmental dimensions; addressing root causes of degradation such as changes in land use; increasing forest resilience through enhanced connectivity and species diversity; and encompassing a mixture of locally appropriate approaches such as ecological corridors and forest regeneration.

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