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URGENT APPEAL from Robert Tumwesigye (PROBICOU)

Posted on 12.01.2016

URGENT APPEAL from Robert Tumwesigye (PROBICOU)     12/01/2016 (Pro-Biodiversity Conservationists in Uganda)

SIGN THE PETITION   Save Uganda’s Kafuga Forest!

In December we launched a campaign to save the Kafuga Pocket Forest in Uganda. Thank you to all who have already signed our petition. But we urgently need more support – and we mean URGENTLY!

Protect the Mountain Gorilla…
One of the last refuges of the Mountain Gorilla, Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, is under threat from plans to clearfell ancient rain forest on the park’s perimeter to make way for tea plantations.

Tea growers, backed by members of the district local government, are planning to clear all 250 hectares of the Kafuga Pocket Forest Reserve on the southern fringes of the national park, one of the world’s greatest ecological treasures.

Please help us stop this before it’s too late and sign our petition calling on the Minister of Water and Environment in Uganda, the Hon. Professor Ephraim Kamuntu to protect the Kafuga Forest.

The Kafuga Forest is part of a vital buffer zone for the Bwindi National Park, listed by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site. The park supports 400 critically-endangered mountain gorillas; nearly half of the remaining total world population of 880. If the Kafuga Forest is cut down it will destroy a vital natural resource for local communities, who rely on the forest for food, medicine and clean water.

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Trees: key to life in the Sahel

Posted on 13.01.2016

Blog by Paul Laird, ITF Programmes Manager

Last month ITF Vice Chair Prof Roger Leakey argued that ‘We cannot save Forests without Agroforestry’. The importance and potential of agroforestry were very clear when I recently visited Burkina Faso.

Pierre Dembélé and Drissa Gana from ITF’s partner Sahel Eco joined me and ITF Treasurer Maria Grecna to visit our new African Drylands projects in Burkina Faso. The Sahel Eco team have vast experience to share. They are achieving great results in Mali by helping communities restore degraded land, regenerate native trees and conserve remaining woodlands. With their support, women are earning

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better incomes by making and selling juices, soaps and cosmetics from fruits harvested from native trees. These products are well known locally and are increasingly attracting international interest.

Adama Ouedraogo, president of community organisation Sauvons le Reste, helps families in northern Burkina Faso affected by mental health issues. With support from ITF, Sauvons le Reste will help them establish agroforestry plots including Moringa and Baobab trees to produce highly nutritious leaves and fruits.

Patrice Bamoni of the Association pour la Préservation du Capital Productif introduced us to communities in Kisio and Perkouan villages in western Burkina Faso. Their project will help these villages manage their land more sustainably, increase tree cover by 14,500, and make better use of tree products.

Burkina Faso has vast areas of dryland savanna with scattered trees including the valuable Baobab, Tamarind, Desert date, and Shea tree (whose nuts produce the famous shea butter).

Farmers grow sorghum and millet and tend livestock, but the tree cover is the essential element that sustains the entire system. People are facing serious challenges due to climate change and gradual loss of trees and soils: lack of fodder for their animals, lack of rain and lack of drinking water.

Perkouan Village

The situation at Perkouan is especially challenging: since 5,000 people were re-settled to make way for an Australian-owned zinc mine. Burkina Faso is ‘blessed’ by rich mineral resources including gold, zinc and uranium – but is one of the poorest countries in the world: 183rd (out of 188) in UNDP’s Human Development Index.

It is hard to escape the impression that Burkina’s true resources are not so much its minerals as its hard-working people, its vast cultivable lands, its valuable native trees, and their long history of working together in savanna agroforests.

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