The newly launched “Wildlife Habitat & Corridor Restoration Project” in western Uganda is bringing together local communities to execute on an ambitious reforestation project.
The project a strategic partnership between the Jane Goodall Institute and reforestation non-profit One Tree Planted which will focus on restoring habitat for endangered chimpanzees by adding 3 million trees to the Albertine Rift Forests.
An area home to endangered chimpanzees, as well as more than 50 percent of birds, 39 percent of mammals, 19 percent of amphibians, and 14 percent of reptiles and plants of mainland Africa is going to be targeted by the two groups with the goal to restore and manage it. By working together, the two groups will both restore and manage these ecosystems as well as support the local communities that have been affected by the area’s degradation over the last decades as a result of illegal logging and deforestation.
As One Tree Planted stated that the program will work to “ensure the long-term protection of wild chimpanzee and other ape populations and their habitat, through promoting local governance and management of natural resources, and advancement of alternative sustainable livelihoods.”
Dr. Jane Goodall said,“We need to protect the existing forests. We need to try and restore the forest and the land around the forest that has not been degraded for too long, where the seeds and roots in the ground can sprout up and once again reclaim that land and make it an amazing forest ecosystem,”
The main goals of the grand project include restoring degraded areas on community land by planting native seedling; rebuilding devastated zones; educating farmers on how to integrate trees into their agriculture practices, and providing technology and training to local enforcement groups to monitor the forests.