FDF Volunteers at Organic Perspectives
Organic Perspectives is pleased to bring you more news from our projects in Uganda.
In the last three months, we have made some really good progress with all our work.
But first off, a look back at our original goal.
When we first conceived the idea for the project “Social Forestry in Uganda: Setting a Precedent” a year ago, our goal was 40 community reforestation centers (nurseries) so we could be able to plant 2,000,000 trees per year.
It is still difficult to assess our overall progress against the “40 nurseries /2M trees a year” ambition, as this literally would require of us the ability to provide ongoing support and monitoring for all the community reforestation centers we have established so far—to get a summative overview of our progress.
But we are still limited on operational capacity (such as fuel), yet the farmers groups we work with (particularly on household biogas installation and agroforestry) in the most deforested remote areas of Kamuli and Buyende are scattered across a vast area.
So, with tree planting, what we do currently is that we are only able to follow up with each farmers group for about one planting season (the first time we make contact) and then move on to train/orientate another group (PEG). But overall, we have trained and enabled about 11 farmers groups to initiate community reforestation centers (which also act as project extension hubs for orientating neighborhoods on all our 3 focus areas—agroforestry, sustainable household energy and organic gardening) since 2012.
Some of these sites are only able to produce 25,000 – 30,000 trees per planting season, but some have more integrated partnerships, such as one new local farmers’ group (whose patron is the Kamuli District Forestry Officer) which produces a high volume of tree seedlings that are then given out the local community. Check out photos of our team engaging the Kamuli District Forestry Officer in the field here!
So what are we now up to?
OK. We have trained and provided agroforestry supplies (seed, some nursery equipment and agroforestry manuals from Trees for the Future) to four more farmers groups in the last three months since May. Again, see more of these pictures in our gallery!
Then, in the week of July 8, 2013, we immersed a group of 14 conservation volunteers from FDF Denmark in all our community projects in Kamuli and Buyende. You may remember early this year reading about a sustainable tourism initiative that our team started up as a way of involving more stakeholders in our activities of environmental conservation—and as a means of creating an internal source of support for our work.
The visitors, led by Line Maria Bram Pedersen of Green Insight, toured a large number of households where we have installed household biogas digesters and explored our community reforestation sites; interacted extensively with local people; got their hands muddy through hands-on involvement with our farmers and virtually went to every place where we are working across the two vast districts. Our colleague Mathius (Trees for the Future’s Uganda Coordinator) also joined us and gave the visitors a recap of Organic Perspectives’ inspiring work. More photos will soon be uploaded to our photo gallery.