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Tooro Botanical Gardens
Uganda - Fort Portal
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About the Tooro Botanical Gardens
Located in Western Uganda, this botanic garden undertakes reforestation using indigenous tree species in collaboration with local partners.
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, in 2012 Tooro Botanic Garden began a project to restore degraded forest areas around the garden. Working in collaboration with local communities and government, Tooro Botanic Garden is restoring 3 degraded Local Forest Reserves, 2 outside of the botanic garden and 1 site within the botanic garden grounds. All 3 sites are designated Local Forest Reserves, but the primary 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 their own propagation knowledge and the needs and desires of local communities. Restoration at all sites is going well.
BGCI is promoting the work of Tooro Botanic Garden and together, we hope to expand forest restoration activities more broadly across Uganda and throughout Africa.
27 March 2013