Trees for Global Benefit, Uganda – Plan Vivo

November 14, 2019

Uganda is a country rich in natural resources, but due to agricultural expansion, increasing firewood use and poverty, forests are subject to widespread deforestation pressure. The main goal of this project is to improve the situation of poor smallholder farmers through long-term and climate-adapted agriculture with tree planting in focus.

The project is located in the Bushenyi district of southwestern Uganda. Here, our partner Ecotrust, a local environmental organization with a strong position and connection to the region, works with providing smallholders with knowledge and technical support to use their land long-term, according to their own conditions and needs. By using native tree species, a basic criterion in the Plan Vivo standard, biodiversity is strengthened and climate change vulnerability is reduced.

 

Thanks to our clients’ carbon offsetting with Max Burgers and Arla Eko at the forefront, the project area has now also expanded to the Rwenzo Mountains, an area on the border with Congo that is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

"Our whole industry is part of the problem, now we want to be part of the solution." Richard Bergfors, CEO Max Burgers

Since 2003, the project has planted about 2,3 million trees, which means that a total of more than 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide has been sequestered through tree planting. But tree planting is only the first phase that, after a period, turns into sustainable forestry, or agroforestry. This means that the trees are constantly maintained and thinned so that the forest stays healthy and absorbs maximum carbon dioxide. Sustainable forestry is not only necessary to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but also provides social added value for smallholder farmers. Other positive environmental effects are increased resilience and biodiversity, improved soil and water retention, and reduced risk of erosion.

Ida Åberg
ida.aberg@zeromission.se

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