Half+Half 1000 Acre Community Forest Project
About the Implementing organization
Name: Kikandwa Environmental Association
Year of establishment: 2004
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status
It is anticipated that through campaigns and sensitization, these small forest patches or piece of land left to regenerate into forests by farmers can make 1000 acres of forest conserved in Uganda and beyond. This is not something government or any other agency can achieve even with law enforcement or other measures, it is driven by the fact that it is no longer feasible to conserve large tracts of forest only in the face of the rapidly growing human population and competing for economic priorities especially in Africa where land is becoming so scarce. This is a wholesome initiative which could lead to sustainable agriculture and food security, reduced soil erosion, stable rainfall pattern, stable income and alternative use of forests, can provide climate change adaptation and mitigation, can be replicated, scaled up and out in other communities in Uganda, Africa and other countries where smallholder farming is still dominant using a very limited resources. This initiative offers multiple benefits by bringing farming in harmony with the natural environment that surrounds it increasing the biodiversity of plants, animals, insects and more. Therefore we can use this approach as a practical means of realizing many existing international commitments such as CBD, Aichi target 15, the UNFCCC etc.
Forests / Wetlands / Rivers / Grasslands / Wildlife
Type of Action
Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Mainstreaming into sectors / Access and benefit sharing / Pollution prevention, clean up / Awareness and education / Advocacy for land & water rights
Sustainable Development Element
Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Water security / Disaster risk reduction / Health / Renewable energy / Climate action
8 landowners identified and are conserving from ½ an acre to on their piece of land making it 25 acres of community on 4 plots.5 sensitization seminars and 5 training workshops conducted to 200 participants to introduce, popularize and publicize Half+Half 1000 Acre Forest Project and Analog Forestry to the community. One Analog Forestry Demonstration Site established adjacent to Half+Half 1000 Acre Community Forest. 2 training workshop on planning and designing farmland and plots conducted to 50 participants from the community. One nursery bed composed of indigenous and fruit trees established by Konningsschool grant with co-funding from the Climate Resilient Project to supply seedlings to the community. One Hand dug well has been established with the support of Konningsschool grant and co-funding from the community and Climate Resilient Project to get water for the nursery bed and the community during drought season as an adaptive measure to climate change.
Sustainable Development Impacts
The initiative works as a biological connectivity tool for restoring landscapes, increase biodiversity and forests, provide alternatives for farmers to a variety of products for food security diversity to complement their diets, thus enhancing resiliency in face of adverse environmental conditions, supports livelihood development paradigm, where local communities and diverse ecosystems thrive and coexist in better terms with their surroundings by means of increasing capacities, access to markets, improving health and nutrition, nature´s functions come back into a better balance, environmental services are enhanced such as pollination, water and carbon cycles, carbon storage, soil health, community risks are lowered and resiliency improved adapting to severe weather events, increase social participation by women, youth, indigenous groups to take active participation and ownership of the initiative reducing inequality contributing to the better management of the natural resources.
Smallholder farmers are the chief custodian of forests and trees and should be looked at as change makers but not receivers only, their projects need to be given technical and financial support from research institutions, policy makers and government for documentation to add value to it. Government should come up with a policy which favors local initiatives and should give incentive to those smallholder farmers for their good work done, should also look into land policies and land laws to make them more farmer friendly and favorable to community forest management, the innovations put in place by smallholder farmers should be looked at by the nation as a blessing for job creation. Half+Half 1000 Acre Community Forest Project should be given special attention for research because it is already tested by the local community with meager resources and it is working, but need backing from researchers, scientists, government and development partners for expansion to a national scale.
Through advocacy campaigns and sensitization nationally and globally, these small forest patches or piece of land left to regenerate into forests can make 1000 Acres of forests in one district with time, and would contribute to achievements of the outcome of the September 2014 Climate Summit which provided a major opportunity to restore deforested and degraded lands and would contribute to the achievement of the 150 million hectare by 2020 Bonn Challenge target and raise ambitions to restore at least another 200 million hectares by 2030 as part of the adopted SDGs and the 2015 Paris climate agreements. We should not look at protected forests only like Mabira tropical forest in Uganda or Amazon tropical rain forest in South America and the like. Research is needed on how best all farmers locally and internationally would embrace their community forests for jobs creation and income generations and also come up with a strategy on how this initiative can be replicated globally.
Share this solution: