Mbale Trees

10 Million Trees

 

About The Project

The 10 Million Tree Planting Project aims to plant 10 million trees in the highly deforested area of Mbale in East Uganda. being implemented as a measure to mitigate the effects of Climate Change.  This will be achieved by using the principles of providing restored and diversified land, as a basis for sustainability and the expansion of sustainable living options, promotion of gender equality and the use of farmer driven decisions.

Communities are already feeling the impact of climate change through extreme flooding, droughts and hailstorms. This project raises awareness of the advantages of tree planting and supports communities to combat the impacts of climate change.

The project also plants a tree for every child born or adopted in Wales through the Welsh Government’s Plant! scheme.

The overall goal of the tree planting project:
A target of 10,000,000 trees planted and growing to contribute towards low carbon and climate change resilience in the Mbale region by the year 2031.

Tree species planted:
The trees planted by this project are mostly agroforestry trees that grow well with agricultural crops as well as nitrogen fixing in the soil. They are drought resistant and they include Grevillea robusta (Silk oak), Maesopsis eminii (Musizi) Cordia abbysinica (Cordia), Acrocupus and Fruit trees. They make up 80% of all tree species planted by the project.

For short term use or benefits however the following species have been integrated; Calliandra, Leuceauna, Sesbania shrubs or trees. These ones are harvested for firewood, fodder, and poles so as to allow the long term trees to establish and grow to provide environmental benefits and soil stability.

The trees will alleviate the pressures put on people and resources caused by climate change. Specifically, they will provide sustainable supplies of food, fuel and shelter, as well as improved incomes, alleviating poverty. They will also protect local communities from the effects of soil erosion caused by deforestation, which can lead to deadly landslips.

Here’s some information about the kinds of trees we plant and their benefits

Districts:
The project is being implemented in 3 Districts that make up the Mbale region of eastern Uganda; Mbale, Manafwa and Bududa Districts. Four local implementing partners have been working in collaboration from the outset by sharing information, training material and resources and have been involved with monitoring each other and providing advice and feedback.

Locations of implementations:
Busiu, Bumasikye, Nakaloke, Namanyoyi, Bungokho, Namatsale, Bufumbo, Bunanimi, Namabasa, Siira, Bunapongo, Musoto, Moni, Bubulo, Kufu, Bukalasi,

Funders:
The 10 million trees project is part of the Size of Wales and Welsh Government initiative.

An environmental charity, Size of Wales unites communities, businesses, organisations, and schools to help protect 4 million hectares of rainforest and forge lasting links with some of the world’s poorest communities.