Uganda – Tree Growing

We are working with the Baptist Union of Uganda and African Pastors Fellowship to plant indigenous trees on church land. To date they have planted nearly 3,000 trees which will lock up over 600 metric tons of CO₂.

Over the past two years, Climate Stewards and the African Pastors Fellowship have been supporting the Baptist Union of Uganda (BUU) to help eight churches grow native trees on their land. Community forestry expert Bernadette Kabonesa has worked with the groups to assess the sites, prepare the land for planting and train them to manage the young trees.

Site visit at Mmembe Baptist Church

All our project partners carry out a detailed risk assessment as part of the application process. We apply the results to our carbon calculations so that all our estimates are cautious and take account of known and unknown risks. We hold a significant “insurance buffer” of carbon stocks for forestry projects to ensure that they deliver at least as much CO₂ savings as calculated.

For example, after we planted trees at one of the churches, the National Environmental Management Authority unexpectedly informed them that their land was being included in a scheme to restore degraded wetlands. They had to relinquish control of the land, but are currently negotiating a replacement site. Other sites have faced challenges from termite attacks, waterlogging, and grazing by livestock. In each case, Bernadette and the BUU team have worked with the local church to find a solution to the problem.

These sites will deliver carbon sequestration of over 600 metric tons of CO₂ over 15 years, alongside benefits of increasing biodiversity, replacing lost habitat, stabilizing soil, improving fertility, providing shade, and giving fresh sources of income.

Your support increases health, livelihood, and environmental projects in more places.

Climate Stewards USA is a program of A Rocha USA

A Rocha USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EIN 31-1751509

© 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Climate Stewards is part of the worldwide
A Rocha family caring for God’s creation

Climate Stewards - For people and planet

Are you visiting from the United States of America?
Visit our regional site for more relevant information.

Are you visiting from the Netherlands?
Visit our regional site for more relevant information.

Are you visiting from the United Kingdom?
Visit our regional site for more relevant information.

We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience, analyse site traffic and personalize content. Read about how we use cookies and how you can control them in our Privacy Policy. If you continue to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies.