As part of the EU project that aims to Restore and conserve the degraded fragile ecosystems for improved community livelihoods among the refugee and Host communities of West Nile Region and the Mid-Albertine Rift”. A team from NatureUganda was in WestNile for a week long field visit to monitor the ongoing tree planting in degraded Utumbari Local Forest Reserve (one of its project implementation sites) found in Terego District.
NatureUganda also conducted community trainings on Ecosystem restoration and Agroforestry practices that saw over 160 community members trained. The members, who are part of selected farmer groups in the landscapes of Utumbari LFR and in Yelulu wetland catchment Area.
The visit saw the team work with the National Forest Authority and the Natural Resources Department of Terego District Local Government. With them, they distributed over twenty-nine thousand agroforestry tree seedlings including (Mangifera indica, Citrus sinensis, Persea americana, Artocarpus heterophyllus, Milicia excelsa, Melia volkensi, Mahogany, Grevillea robusta and Vitellaria paradoxa) to trained community members to support them adopt agroforestry practices that will in the end contribute to increased household income and increased land productivity.
WestNile Region also hosts one of Nature Uganda’s branches which is hosted by at Muni University in Arua District. The team took time off to visit and interact with the members. It was during this interaction that it was revealed numbers had grown from 68-150. Nature Uganda team together with the Dean of the school of Agriculture Mr. Alumai Alfred and the Nature Uganda university patron visited the university tree nursery to assess its status and future prospects were discussed.