Collaborative forest management: Restoring one of the most important forests in Uganda

Planting tree
Collaborative forest management: Restoring one of the most popular forests in Uganda
Mabira Forest Reserve, Uganda

Help us restore the largest remaining forest reserve in central Uganda

We're working with surrounding communities through collaborative forest management initiatives to protect and restore degraded forest
These efforts will help maintain the reserve as a classroom and laboratory for many schools in the central and eastern region
Challenge
Close to three towns, including Kampala City, Mabira Forest Reserve remains a critical site for water, livelihoods, biodiversity, and education

The closeness to the urban centres has made Mabira Forest one of the most popular forests in Uganda. From 2006 to 2010, the Ugandan government faced intense opposition when it proposed to convert 7186 ha of the forest into sugarcane plantations. NatureUganda (BirdLife in Uganda) successfully led a campaign to stop this proposal. However over 5000 ha of the forest remains highly degraded and in need of restoration. 

Solution
NatureUganda has been working with surrounding communities through collaborative forest management initiatives to protect and restore some areas

Restoring forests is no easy task. It takes a lot of effort and cooperation from all stakeholders to be successful. That is why NatureUganda is working with local communities and sourcing indigenous seedlings for restoration. There is still much to be done to save this popular forest reserve. Further support will contribute to the restoration of one of the most important forests in Uganda for biodiversity, water catchment, community livelihoods support, education and will also establish a demonstration for restoration projects in Uganda. 

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Scale of opportunity
Restoration of 100 hectares over 3 years, with further hope to restore all 5000 hectares of degraded forest
Trees target
Successful restoration of Mabira would add 400 trees per hectare at maturity, totalling 40,000 trees restored
Flagship biodiversity
365 species of trees, over 300 species of birds, 50 large mammal, and 200 butterfly species
Community contribution
Collaborative forest management provides a demonstration for restoration projects in Uganda