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Project type: Forestry and landscapes
Standards: CCB, VCS
Based in South West Uganda, the project is rehabilitating more than 10,000 hectares of degraded land in the Kibale National Park where natural causes, human disturbance and poor land management has led to severe degradation and soil erosion. By planting indigenous trees and supporting natural regeneration, the project, which is run jointly with the Ugandan Wildlife Authority, will create a thriving carbon sink. The area has a very high concentration of primates and has achieved Biodiversity Gold certification under the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard.
Sustainable Development Goals: In addition to delivering emissions reductions to help take urgent action to combat climate change (SDG 13), the project delivers a number of other sustainable development benefits.
Following the planting of seedlings, significant tending and maintenance activities take place to ensure healthy restoration. Much of the tending involves removing the elephant grass in the area which is extremely prevalent and invasive and restricts new tree growth. With forest fires being a risk, the project has also created an additional forested zone around the edge of the park to reduce the risk of fire reaching the interior areas. The park is home to one of the largest chimpanzee populations in the world and is believed to contain the only viable population of red colobus monkey in Uganda. As forests become fragmented due to degradation and the landscape shifts to a savannah type ecosystem, the threats to local species are increased. The project’s reforestation activities improve the connectivity within the park and support the restoration of the biodiversity in the area.