Uganda Sets to Plant 3 Million Trees To Help Endangered Chimpanzees

Uganda would be planting 3 Million trees ranging from fig to mahogany in a bid to help endangered…

Uganda would be planting 3 Million trees ranging from fig to mahogany in a bid to help endangered Chimpanzees. These trees would not only benefit Chimpanzees, it would also benefit people and other wildlife.

In the early part of this year, One Tree Planted and the Jane Goodall Institute made it known to the public that they’re both working on a project, “Wildlife Habitat & Corridor Restoration” in Uganda. One of the project’s agendas is to plant millions of trees in western Uganda between 2020 and 2023. This will help to support the long-term restoration of the Albertine Rift.

The Albertine Rift landscape is an ecosystem that is very crucial to the survival of many species and a habitat for endangered chimpanzees. This globally recognized landscape is home to more than 14% of reptiles, 19% of amphibians, 39% of mammals, and 50% of birds, and plants of mainland Africa.

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The aim of this project is to restore and manage wildlife ultimately, providing significant ecological, socio-economic, and cultural benefits to the area. Uganda’s forests have been facing a lot of threats, according to a release.

For the past two and a half decades, the rising impact of human settlement and agriculture has made millions of hectares of forest to be lost.

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.

Dr. Jane Goodall.

In order to restore wildlife, three million seedlings will be planted for the next few years and 700 households will be trained to practice sustainable agroforestry on their land, and at least one person will be trained on forest monitoring in every village in the project area.

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