Restoring degraded forest in Uganda
Tooro Botanic Garden in Western Uganda have been propagating native tree species since their establishment in 2004. With a strong knowledge of the native trees, their medicinal and other uses and how to propagate them, the garden has embarked on a number of restoration projects.
As part of a joint project with BGCI, Tooro Botanical Garden is working in collaboration with local communities and government, to restore three degraded forest areas, two outside of the botanic garden and one site within the botanic garden grounds. All three sites are designated Local Forest Reserves, but the original forest was illegally cut down, the sites were then replanted with Eucalyptus, which was subsequently felled.
Tooro Botanic Gardens has selected which native tree species to incorporate into restoration sites, based on species performance in previous restoration trials, and the needs and desires of local communities. On all sites, native trees have been intercropped with leguminous vegetables in plots that are managed by communities living next to the sites.
As part of the project Enhancing tree conservation and forest restoration in Africa, BGCI is fundraising to set up additional botanic garden-led forest restoration projects across Africa.
Two year old forest restoration research plot within the grounds of Tooro Botanical Garden, Fort Portal. Indigenous trees are intercropped with leguminous vegetables, which improves tree growth rates and provides a source of food.