Kikonda Forest Reserve
A forestry project in Uganda employs local people to help protect and expand forest land.
The prize winning Kikonda Forestation project lies in the heart of East Africa comprising 120 km² and employing more than 200 people. It is the first in the country to be granted CarbonFix certification for its one-of-a-kind positive social and ecological impact. By 2008 more than 1 million trees had been planted on an area equivalent to approximately 2 000 soccer fields which will store more than 200 000 tonnes of CO2.
In a country where illegal logging has dramatically reduced the area of natural forest, the Kikonda Forest Reserve employs and trains local people to restore and expand forest areas through tree planting initiatives. show all
The project works to restore and increase forest area. Trees not only absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, they provide a vital habitat for many species. To protect rare species and regenerate natural habitats the project has set aside over 20% of its area for conservation purposes. Animals such as antelopes, hippos and monkeys have found a refuge there. By providing timber for the local market, the project is an important factor to reduce pressure of illegal logging in natural forest in Uganda, Congo and Sudan.
Growing trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over their lifetime which is stored in their wood and bark. By 2008 more than 1 million trees had been planted on an area equivalent to approximately 2000 soccer fields which will store more than 200 000 tonnes of CO2.
The carbon dioxide in vegetation includes above and below ground biomass in addition to soil carbon and is also based on assumed annual timber production for the particular tree/existing vegetation. The baseline is the carbon stock in the typical tree/vegetation based on the assumed land use and long term average carbon storage. There are a range of parameters for consideration including initial biomass, species distribution, maximum growth and annual mortality amongst others.
Uganda is home to more than half the world’s mountain gorillas, and on top of this, the country has a good number of chimpanzees. With well over 1000 species recorded inside its small borders, Uganda is one of the best bird-watching destinations in the world.
Uganda is Africa condensed, with the best of everything the continent has to offer packed into one small but stunning country. Uganda is home to the highest mountain range in Africa, the Mountains of the Moon in the Rwenzori National Park and it is the source of the mighty Nile as well.
The conflict in the north of the country between the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has decimated the economy, retarded the development of affected areas and led to numerous human rights violations. Since 1986, approximately 2 million Ugandans have been displaced and tens of thousands have been killed. An estimated 20,000 children have been kidnapped by the LRA for use as child soldiers and slaves since 1987. To avoid abduction, thousands of children leave their villages every night to hide in forests, hospitals, and churches.
Project Design Document of the Kikonda Forest Reserve Reforestation Project
Validation Report of the Kikonda Forest Reserve Reforestation Project
Environmental Aspects of the Kikonda Forest Reserve Reforestation Project
Forest Management objectives of the Kikonda Forest Reserve Reforestation Project
The socioeconomic aspects of the Kikonda Forest Reserve Reforestation Project