Gobero Nature Conservation is focused on taking action against the deforestation crisis in Uganda. We raise awareness on critical climate issues and educate the community about forest management and sustainability. Our goal is to protect the ecosystem and arm locals with the skills to cultivate sustainable practices.
What We Do
We manage over 16 acres of land in the Gobero region. That is over fifteen American style football fields. We’ve managed this project for over 3 years with a small team that:
- Looks for diseases
- Replants seeds
- General maintenance
Outreach & Awareness
We reach out to locals to discuss and show them the importance of conservation. One of our central goals is to measurably engage local women. To show them the importance of their actions and how playing a role in conservation eventually leads to more economic independence. As an example, less reliance on coal as a source of energy. We are also in the process of engaging with local schools to create paid Research internships. We believe that engaging young people and stressing the importance of their participation, as they are the guardians of the future, will lead to a more sustainable project.
Research & Analysis
- An average size tree produces enough oxygen in one year to keep a family of four breathing.
- Trees create an ecosystem to provide habitat and food for birds and other animals.
- Trees significantly lower surface and air temperatures.
- Shaded surfaces may be 20–45°F cooler than the peak temperatures of unshaded materials.
- During one year, a mature tree will absorb more than 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen in exchange.
- Seven of the eighteen (39%) plant kingdoms in Africa exist in Uganda and the biological diversity rates as one of the highest on the continent. More than half of all African bird species and 10% of bird species globally are represented in Uganda.
- Change in Forest Cover: Between 1990 and 2000, Uganda lost an average of 86,500 hectares of forest per year. The amounts to an average annual deforestation rate of 1.76%. Between 2000 and 2005, the rate of forest change increased by 21.2% to 2.13% per annum. In total, between 1990 and 2005, Uganda lost 26.3% of its forest cover, or around 1,297,000 hectares. Measuring the total rate of habitat conversion (defined as change in forest area plus change in woodland area minus net plantation expansion) for the 1990-2005 interval, Uganda lost 24.7% of its forest and woodland habitat.
Gobero Nature Conservation
Seated on 16 acres and going into our third year of operations, Gobero Nature Conservation is home to several species of trees that can only be found in Uganda. This is a rare accomplishment since so many endemic plants are being wiped out and not being re-planted. We take great care of the forest with a small staff of local farmers and horticulturists who are tasked with looking for diseases, replanting seedlings, general maintenance of the project, detailing any changes they observe. We also provide a respite from the stresses of urban life in Kampala. We invite locals to use the space for free. We also welcome local students who are interested in learning about horticulture.
Why This Issue Is Important
Uganda is in the midst of a deforestation and soil erosion crisis. This is not hyperbole; studies show that at the current rate, Uganda will not have any forests left by the end of 21st century. Not attempting to reverse course, will be catastrophic to the ecosystem and exacerbate soil erosion and climate change in the area.
” We must conserve the world’s forests to sustain nature’s diversity, benefit our climate and support human well-being.” – World Wild Life
In 2001 a National Forestry Policy was put into place followed by the National Forestry and Tree Planting Act in 2003. Despite these policies, Uganda continues to lose forest cover at an accelerated rate. From approximately 90,000 hectares lost between 1990 and 2010 of forest cover annually to an estimated 200,000 hectares annually, per recent studies conducted by Africa Natural Resources Institute.
One proven solution has been landowners with natural forest cover being encouraged to practice forest conservation. This is where we come in.
We have some exciting volunteer opportunities available. Are you a social media expert and want to help promote our cause? Do you have an interest in conservation or climate change issues? Are you a web developer with some time on your hands? Whatever your unique skill set we want to hear from you.
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