Speaking at the project launch in Gulu City, Edward Khaukha, the World Vision Uganda Regional Programme Manager for Northern/Karamoja Region says the FMNR project seeks to promote the conservation of natural tree cover by farmers.
A woman stands next to a tree stump on degraded Opit Forest Reserve in Lalogi Subcounty Omoro district.
World Vision Uganda has unveiled
a multi-billion project aimed at the restoration of degraded landscapes in
Acholi, and Lango Sub-regions in Northern Uganda meant to mitigate climate
change effects. The project worth 11.2 billion Shillings
dubbed “Regreening Uganda Communities-Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration
(FMNR) catalyst project will be implemented in Pader, Agago, Omoro, Kole, and
Speaking at the project launch in Gulu City,
Edward Khaukha, the World Vision Uganda Regional Programme Manager for Northern/Karamoja
Region says the FMNR project seeks to promote the conservation of natural tree
cover by farmers. Khaukha notes that the five-year
project that runs till 2028 will help to regreen the degraded environment with
a vision to mitigate the current adverse effects of climate change brought by
heavy degradation of forest and wetland covers.
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According to Khaukha, the five-year
project will see community members equipped with skills to manage indigenous
trees to enable them to regenerate naturally at a very low cost.
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Stephen Baluku, the Project manager of the catalyst project says through the project, they will partner with
local leaders and farmers in the respective project areas to map out areas that have been degraded
and identify indigenous trees they intend to conserve. He notes that the approach is
beneficial for both the locals and the environment as it is a low-cost option
for restoring tree cover on farms which promotes biodiversity on farms.
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Judith Tomma Okuonzia, the
National FMNR scaling Specialist explains that the project doesn’t target the planting
of new tree species but rather encourages the management of natural trees
within the community. She notes that through the model, farmers are helped to
identify tree species that they would like to conserve either for medicinal
values, firewood, fruits, or fodder for management.
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Moses Opio, the acting Natural
Resource Officer of Oyam District says they are already experiencing adverse
effects of climate change due to the constant destruction of tree covers and
wetlands by locals. He notes that out of the eight
national forest reserves managed by the National Forestry Authority (NFA), two
of them, Gung Gung Forest Reserve in Ngai sub-county and parts of Opit Forest
Reserve in Abok have been heavily degraded by locals.
According to Opio, through FMNR
implementation, the district will achieve targets of restoring tree covers
which are beneficial for farmers, and also mitigation of climate change
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Through the five-year project,
World Vision Uganda targets to regenerate a total of 573,487 hectares of
degraded landscape in Northern Uganda and the Eastern districts of Tororo,
Bugiri, and Butaleja where the same project is covering.
Uganda has registered a significant
loss of its forest cover over the years with statistics showing the county had
only 1,829,779 Ha of forest (9 percent of the total land cover) by 2015 out of
the 4,880,484 Ha (24 percent of the total land area) that existed in 1990.
In Northern Uganda, human
activities such as tree felling for timber, bush burning, farming, and
commercial charcoal production have been blamed for the dwindling population
and near extinction of indigenous tree species.
Bureau Chief, West Acholi