Uganda

Trees for All plants native tree species on degraded lands in Kibale National Park. This way we restore the original rain forest.

Status: Current project

Restoration of forest with a wealth of species in Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park is one of the most beautiful rain forests in East-Africa, harbouring a wealth of flora and fauna. As a result of former land use a part of Kibale has been overgrown by Elephant grass. Since 2018 Trees for All has contributed to tree planting in these grassed-over areas.

Why is this project needed?

Kibale National Park in Uganda stretches out over some 800 square kilometres, larger than half the province of Utrecht. The forest is home to 375 species of brightly coloured birds and some 70 species of mammals, including the colobus monkey and chimpanzee. Kibale’s trees can grow into woodland giants of up to 50 metres high, but decades of deforestation mean this green oasis is not what it once was. Forest disappeared and in its place elephant grass grows, a grass that prevents the natural regeneration of trees.

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What are we doing?

By removing the elephant grass and replacing it by seedlings of native species, the forest can revive. This tough work is done by inhabitants of villages adjacent to the National Park. Over 200 villagers help with the planting and maintenance, thus generating jobs and extra income for the local communities. The villagers also maintain the nurseries that deliver the young trees to the project. Furthermore they receive training in starting sustainable activities such as bee keeping and the cultivation of fruits.

This project of Trees for All contributes to several
Sustainable Development Goals

1. No Poverty
13. Climate action
15. Life on land
17. Partnership for the goals

Where are we planting?

Planting will take place on degraded areas withing the boundaries of Kibale National Park

Our partners

Trees for All collaborates with Face the Future and the ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities. This ministry manages and maintains the forest for the long term. Face the Future is a Dutch organisation that has implemented large forest restoration projects since 1990. The Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA) is responsible for the management of Kibale National Park and coordinates the reforestation activities on site. The families from adjacent villages warrant the development of the trees to full-grown forest.

“In my opinion planting of trees inside the forest is very important because it creates more rain in this area. I am proud of the progress that we made.””.

— Robert Asimwe, self-sufficient farmer and employee of the project
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