Supporting forest restoration in Uganda - BGCI has been supporting the tree conservation and forest restoration work of Tooro Botanical Gardens (TBG) in Fort Portal, Western Uganda, since 2012.
Situated on a previously degraded Central Forest Reserve, TBG has increased the number of species represented on the site from 19 to 126 tree species. In addition to restoring the site of TBG, two Local Forest Reserves in the Fort Portal region are under indigenous forest restoration. These sites demonstrate the benefits of restoration and are testing the performance of indigenous species. Propagation protocols have been developed for top performing species in the nursery at TBG. The nursery sells indigenous tree seedlings to support other forest restoration and tree planting projects in the region.
In 2018, BGCI and TBG received funding from the UK government's Darwin Initiative for a project to establish four native tree nurseries across Uganda, in sites that are close to areas identified as priorities for restoration. 60 people have been trained in seec collection and 40 people in propagation and nursery management. A supply of native species will grown to support planting projects in Uganda, contributing to the national pledge under the Bonn Challenge to bring 2.5 million hectares of degraded land under restoration. This project is delivered in collaboration with IUCN and the National Forestry Authority of Uganda.
In collaboration with BGCI, Tooro Botanical Gardens (TBG) provides training in propagation and nursery management, seed collection and forest restoration. For example, BGCI, TBG and Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden trained twenty two participants from Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria and Uganda how to plan forest restoration, select appropriate native species, propagate trees from seeds and cuttings how to monitor progress at restoration sites. Read more about this training course on the Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens website.
BGCI is grateful for the support provided to our work in Uganda from the Ashden Trust, Fondation Franklinia, the Japan Biodiversity Fund and the Darwin Initiative.
If you are interested in collaboration or supporting the work of BGCI and our Ugandan partners please get in touch.
Restored forest plot within Tooro Botanical Garden intercropped with leguminous vegetables 1.5 years after planting, 2014
Restored forest plot within Tooro Botanical Garden 3 years after planting, 2016
Propagation protocols are currently available for the following species:
|Cordia africana||Croton macrostachyus||Croton megalocarpus|
|Milicia excelsa||Prunus africana||Spathodea campanulata|
|Warburgia ugandensis||Zanthoxylum gilletii|