On May 8, 2021, our team in Uganda launched the Kaazi reforestation project in the country’s Makindye Ssababagabo municipality in the Wakiso District. This is a collaborative project with the Uganda Scouts Association. It aims to plant 30,000 seedlings of indigenous trees within the next 12 months in response to the rapid yearly loss of the country’s forest cover.
The project is being overseen by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). FAO’s Uganda Director, Dr. Antonio Querido, quoting recent statistics, explains Uganda’s alarming loss of forest cover, “yearly we are losing 120,000ha of land of the indigenous natural forests” but “we are only planting around 3,000 hectares”.
Students planting Silk Oak trees at Kaazi forest grounds
Meanwhile, Uganda is experiencing the effects of climate change, having to deal with long periods of dry weather in recent years. The Kaazi reforestation project has been implemented to counteract this loss.
The planting area for the project has been made available by the Uganda Scouts Association, owners of a patch of land in Wakiso that was once completely forested. There, we set up a tree nursery in December 2020, which then led to the forestation project. All the 30,000 seedlings are indigenous tree species such as Silk Oak and Mahogany. Maggie Kigozi, Chief Scout of the association and Advisor to the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) says that these trees will act as buffer zones against human activities to help restore water catchment areas.
One of the participants, Ayo Dennis, next to the Cordia africana seedlings at our tree nursery in Kaazi,
at the nursery tree seeds are raised into tree seedlings that were planted
For now, 2,430 seedlings have been planted. Our long-term goal is to plant 500,000 seedlings in this area. Watch the launch of the project on YouTube that was broadcasted by NTV News Uganda on May 8, 2021: