One of the ways Byidi improves the environment is by planting trees in areas of need across the country. Since 2012 Byidi has embarked on a tree planting programmes. We are looking towards areas with high density populations districts like mpigi,mukono,luwero were major tracts of land have been cleared in last decade, other areas of decreased forest cover like Tororo Adjumani,Iganga , Nakasongola ,Arua,Soroti,Kumi,Palisa,Rakai, , urban centers and villages were a lot of tree cutting takes place to get charcoal and timber. We are on a nationwide campaign to strengthen communities through tree planting.
This is an exercise that is geared towards reforestation and restoration of Uganda’s tree and forest cover as its acknowledged by the Biomas studies by National Forest Authority of 2015. It identified massive deforestation as one of the most critical environment crisis facing Uganda as it tremendously declined from 24% (4,933,271) hectares of land area in 1990 to less than the current 9 % (1,956,664 Ha) in 2018 which implies Uganda has lost about 3,000,000 ha of forest cover in 25 years which is very alarming. Not only forests cover has been reduced but even tree cover all across the communities in villages and urban centers has declined tremendously.
A recent study by carried out by Africa natural resources Institute in 2018 indicate that forest cover loss has now increased to an estimated 200,000 hectares annually and this is highly attributed to increased population activities and largely poor rural electrification and costly electricity makes 89% of Ugandans to use firewood and charcoal as main source of fuel to cook plus the growing construction industry that uses a lot of timber .
There is rapid population growth in Uganda estimated at 3.6 % per annum that has aggravated land use change that has led to land cover to be converted from woodlands of forests to create land for crops, livestock agriculture and human settlement. This has resulted into illegal logging to meet demands of timber and charcoal, carvings, agricultural practices cutting trees to get land for cultivation like sugar cane growing in Mayuge, urbanization in reference to growth of outskirts housing estates and slums, refugee influx in northern Uganda to seek for human settlement, un regulated livestock grazing like in Karamoja to mention but a few.
This has led to tremendous climatic change destabilizing water cycle leading to disappearance of local streams, frequent weather and climatic variability including droughts and change of rain season patterns, interruptions of frequency of and intensity of rains resulting into floods and landslides in the highland areas like Bududa in Eastern Uganda that has experienced landslides every year. This has further led to soil degradation resulting in poor crop yield and further led to habitat loss and species extinction most especially were forests act as the natural habitat of species.
In all deforestation has a devastating effect on human livelihood as it affects crop and livestock yields which is the major basis of living for the general population in Uganda.
With the above social economic conditions Byidi has joined the campaign of tree planting to complement the national development plan of 2020 that set a target of restoring forest cover from 9 % to 18 % by the year 2020 and ensure tree cover across the country as a way of reversing deforestation through planting and management of existing forest cover in a way that is sustainable to improve community livelihoods and support income generation with the long term goal of increased forest cover and tree cover for conserving the environment .
We use agroforestry and tree care training to empower communities, citizens and young generation in schools and out of schools youths to restore tree cover in their surrounding environments
Byidi targets small holder farmers as they own 70 % of all land in Uganda as privately owned which implies they are invaluable stakeholders in interventions for increasing tree / shrub cover in Uganda. This involves the need to understand their attitudes and perceptions concerning tree management, how they currently manage species, what challenges hinder tree growing or which opportunities exist for tree growing.
Farmers are much influenced to participate depending in interventions depending on how much these interventions maximize their welfare and also fit into their livelihood strategy plus available resources.
We also create tree planting education awareness in school and out of school communities targeting the young population that composes the biggest percentage of Uganda’s population to form a firm foundation of conserving the environment.
Byidi targets areas of the country in need of reforestation including some of the poorest communities like Karamoja and land degraded by logging, fires, drought, floods and war torn areas
The benefits of trees are great as they provide food, energy, income, conserve the environment like rain making and help communities achieve long term economic and environment sustainability. Trees help revert the impact of climate change as they help filter the air as a mature leafy tree can produce abundance oxygen that ten people would inhale .
We target to plant over 2,000,000 trees in different parts of the country over a given period of time depending on the support and resources that will be realized in supporting this effort.
You can help support the tree planting campaign at $ 2 per a tree seedling & planting. A dollar you donate will plant a tree. Planting trees will help build the social economic fabric of local communities. Each dollar spent makes a two times multiplier effect in supporting the economy which is a massive impact to the economy of the country.