Reforestation

Uganda faces a serious deforestation problem. Fueled by rapid urbanization, complex land ownership laws, widespread charcoal use, and the remnants of civil war, 63% of Ugandan forests have been lost in the last 25 years. If deforestation continues at its current rate, experts estimate Uganda will be left with no forests within the next 40 years. St. Bahkita’s and our partners are trying to combat rapid deforestation by pioneering and leading sustainable reforestation efforts in Kalongo. After careful analysis of our soil, St. Bahkita's plans to plant a variety of native tree species which will promote biodiversity, carbon-efficient and -neutral charcoal and timber production, and entrpreneurial and agroforestry education.

Uganda faces a serious deforestation problem. Fueled by rapid urbanization, complex land ownership laws, widespread charcoal use, and the remnants of civil war, 63% of Ugandan forests have been lost in the last 25 years. If deforestation continues at its current rate, experts estimate Uganda will be left with no forests within the next 40 years. St. Bahkita’s and our partners are trying to combat rapid deforestation by pioneering and leading sustainable reforestation efforts in Kalongo. After careful analysis of our soil, St. Bahkita's plans to plant a variety of native tree species which will promote biodiversity, carbon-efficient and -neutral charcoal and timber production, and entrpreneurial and agroforestry education.

Challenge


While combatting deforestation serves as the backdrop of this project, the challenge we are facing at St. Bahkita’s is securing the resources to launch and maintain a sustainable reforestation program. Beyond the funds and materials needed to start our nursery, we need to establish both local relationships with community leaders for management development and international connections with donors who are interested in supporting our goals.

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Goals


Launch a St. Bahkita’s managed sustainable reforestation program with a variety of native trees

Be able to generate revenue for Saint Bahkita’s from the trees’ resources

Introduce carbon-efficient charcoal production to Kalongo

Develop a comprehensive curriculum concerning agroforestry and environmental protection

Offer students the opportunity to learn entrepreneurship through the sale of the trees’ resources

Expose and educate locals to the urgency surrounding Uganda’s environmental crisis

Current Steps


Identifying local partnerships that could help with program development

Determining seed sources

Speaking with community leaders to make this a community effort

Raising funds to support the initial costs of the program

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