Deforestation and unsustainable land management at Kibale National Park in Uganda has led to severe degradation and loss of wildlife habitats. This project is designed to promote biodiversity by restoring forest vegetation, while improving local communities’ lives and livelihoods. Hundreds of people are employed to cut back the invasive elephant grass growing in the cleared areas and replace it with indigenous trees. Kibale Forest is a haven for many species including more than 370 bird species, and is believed to have one of the largest chimpanzee populations in the world. Once mature, the forest will store up to 500 tonnes of CO2 per hectare.

Delivering towards the Global Goals

No poverty

Provides a stable environment and sustainable incomes.

Clean water and sanitation

Boreholes have been dug to help the local community gain access to water.

Decent work and economic growth

Hundreds of local people are employed to cut back the invasive elephant grass and replace it with indigenous trees.

Climate action

The project is estimated to have cut more than 3.3m tonnes of CO2 between 2010 and 2017.

Life on land

The project is helping to reduce pressure on Kenya’s vulnerable forests.

Case study

Scondina Tindikyeitira has worked for Kibale Reforestation for more than 14 years, planting and maintaining trees. Now a widow, she is able to fully support her 15-year-old granddaughter and pay her high school tuition fees.

Scondina Tindikyeitira