ITF have received a mid-term report from the Ugandan Community Project and so far the results are very encouraging. The project is managed in-country by Friends of Environment for Development (FED) and centers around the Abwong ‘B’Village in the Agali Subcounty, near Lira in Northern Uganda. The chief aims of the project are to address local deforestation whilst improving livelihoods and local incomes through a tree planting and distribution scheme.
Since the beginning on April 2011, the project has reached a number of important milestones. A Community Tree Nursery has been established alongside seven tree planting demonstration sites. These sites are used to train villagers, giving them the skills they need to plant out and care for the seedlings that are supplied to them. So far the project has supplied over 100,000 tree seedlings to 500 households, 25 churches and 5 schools across the Agali Subcounty.
As well as providing tree seedlings and training the project has been raising awareness of the importance of trees, both as a source of income and as a means of protecting and improving the local environment. As the project progresses, the aim is to broaden this awareness throughout the area and also train and establish a number of project agents who will be able to monitor and evaluate the impact of the scheme as it moves forward.
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