Darwin Project

Darwin Project

Supply and Demand: Restoration in Uganda for People and Biodiversity project 

Tooro Botanical Gardens in collaboration with Botanic Gardens conservation International (BGCI) with support from the Darwin Initiative (DFID) is implementing Supply and Demand Restoration in Uganda For People and Biodiversity Project that  facilitated the establishment of four high diversity indigenous tree nurseries and demonstration restoration plots close to high priority areas for forest restoration identified in the Forest Landscape Restoration Opportunities Assessment for Uganda in different parts of the country

This project is aimed at helping Uganda deliver its pledge to the Bonn Challenge in a way that benefits people and biodiversity. This project contributes to multiple Aichi targets as well as the targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. 

Four indigenous tree nurseries were established in areas identified as high priority sites for restoration which include the Lwamunda native nursery site in the Lake Victoria crescent, Kagadi-Kagombe site in the western mid altitude landscapes, Mbale site for the Afromontane high-altitude landscapes and Ibanda site in the south western rangelands. 

Sixty people were trained as seed collectors, forty people as nursery managers and additional four people trained and employed as restoration plot managers. Four restoration demonstration plots have also been established to promote forest landscape restoration.

The project time frame: July 2018-April 2021.

Key project components 

This project key component is to ensure biodiversity conservation and livelihood improvements of Uganda people. Through;

  • Supporting delivery of restoration commitments
  • Employing people from rural areas
  • Outreach activities that will drive demand for native species
  • Making the nurseries self-sustainable.