Re-Building Habitats for chimps in Ndama Kakumiro
Degradation in the area is mainly caused by the growing population, need for resources like land for agricultural, charcoal, firewood, timber.
Transformation for Life works with communities to acquire land to be transformed into conservation activities, the fact that majority of community members are willing to give out land for conservation and also willing to plant trees on their land gives more opportunity for conservation work.
The Ndama Kakumiro tree planting project works to address human conflicts between chimps and the community by planting trees to create eco-friendly environment. The project works on promoting conservation ideas using community based approach.
Deforestation and unsustainable land management in greater Kibale region in Uganda has led to severe degradation and loss of wildlife habitats. Chimps are among the dominant animal in this region that has suffered immensely being harassed by the host communities and end up moving from place to place looking for shelter, food and safety, in the process some of them meet hostile people and are killed.
The project engages community and institutions like churches and Schools to plant trees to save the suffering chimps through tree planting. The project is designed to promote biodiversity conservation through identifying interested participants to plant trees.
Communities are sensitized on benefits of planting trees on their land including fuelwood, fodder, bee keeping local tourism and conservation The project area has experienced great degradation in the past 20 years due to encroachment through cultivation, charcoal burning logging from National reserved Forests.
The project works Transformation for Life a local organization to engage community members in conservation activities including agroforestry and restoration approaches through tree planting on selected site, while the communities receives tree seedlings to plant in their own gardens.
This particular site about 500 has is aimed at a long-term reforestation thus contributing to climate change mitigation and carbon sinking efforts.
In addition the project will create a home for Many displaced wildlife species in the area especially chimps which are struggling to survive in an environment of declining forests.
Firewood production and Energy Conservation Stoves for Women
According Uganda bureau of statistics, Uganda loses 90,000 hectares of forest per year. Traditional cook-stoves or open fire cooking methods, which are most often three stones laid on the ground, consume a great deal of wood and produce toxic smoke. These toxins particularly affect women and children.
Trees for the future Uganda intends to engage farmers to plant trees from which they can harvest branches as fire wood at the same time promote the use of energy saving stoves to reduce on the wood used and the health effects of smoke.
Bamboo is one of the most important nature’s substitutes for the endangered rainforest hardwoods. The versatility of bamboo outmatches most tree species. It is known to be a natural and excellent raw material for manufacturing strong and sturdy furniture, handicrafts, and novelty items to mention but a few. Bamboo can be an alternative source of fuel wood which can reduce on dependence of existing forest to provide fuel wood, and the fact that each family can have a few bamboo plants which can supply constant fuel wood for the family it makes it very important.
Our organization is working with INBAR to promote bamboo growing and value addition on bamboo products like making crafts and bamboo bicycles.
Our project engages schools (Tree pals) in tree planting exercises which help them share knowledge on the importance of trees to conservation. While planting on school property, the project designs school programs that encourage both continued conversation and constant effort to promote environmental conservation. The project trains school in tree planting skills including nursery bed establishment and management and tree planting. This planting activity doesn’t only bring students and teachers together, but also brings community members together in the celebration of trees as community asset.
Fodder trees for livestock improvement
The project works with farmers to access feeds for livestock through planting specific trees for fodder.
Fodder trees can substitute meals bought from dairy feed stores. Substitution helps farmers save money as they increase their profits from greater milk and meat production. The fodder leaves can also be dried and fed to the livestock during the dry season.