Environmental Protection Awareness
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In Uganda the annual increment of the population in urban areas is 2.1%, and by 2014, it was estimated that about 16% of Uganda’s population was living in urban areas (United Nations 2015). It is also estimated that at least 90% of Uganda’s population use wood products in form of charcoal and firewood as fuel for food preparation. Projections show that if appropriate mitigation measures are not urgently implemented, the earth’s temperature will be raised by 2.6°C by 2050. In Uganda, the forest cover declined from 10.8M ha (53% of the land area) in 1890 to 3.6 M ha (14% of land area) in 2005 (NFA 2008). During the period 1990 – 2005, total forest cover in the country decreased by about 27%, representing an annual decline of about 1.8% (UBOS 2014). About 88% of total energy consumption is biomass in the form of firewood and charcoal for cooking. The deficit in forest fuel supply is growing and the demand for wood is expected to triple by 2025 which threatens to severely diminish the resource base and biodiversity as well as expose dependent populations to increased vulnerability, disease and poverty. While the African continent has a variety of energy resources, including abundant biomass and water resources, ideal solar conditions and wind, only water and biomass (firewood and non woody biomass) are significantly exploited.
To alleviate the situation, VIVCOM Foundation aims to firstly decrease the use of biomass through promotion of efficient use of energy in peri-urban communities and institutions and secondly, promote afforestation by working with communities to plant trees for multiple benefits including commercially exploitable trees which will have the added benefit of economic empowerment at household and community levels.
- To protect the environment and reduce the adverse effects of Climate change.
- To encourage the use of energy saving techniques in order to reverse the wood fuel crisis in Uganda
- To promote afforestation
- To create awareness on the dangers of deforestation.
- To introduce new fast growing, commercial wood varieties in order to protect the Old threatened trees.
This program greens, educates, offsets carbon emissions and transforms schools and other community centers into healthier more sustainable environments. Many people especially in the rural area in Uganda live on severely degraded land. These land conditions directly affect their living standards. It is very difficult to grow food, collect firewood, or make a living off the land. Degraded land also contributes to global warming — when trees are gone, they can no longer remove the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
The project entails promotion of environmental conservation and management practices through training the students and communities in environment protection activities such as tree planting, flood control mechanism, fruit growing and energy conservation technologies. It is intended to help people living on degraded land to improve their lives through environmentally sound development projects. Through our network of technicians, volunteers, and community leaders, we provide technical knowledge on agro-forestry, reforestation, energy conservation technologies and sustainable development, along with planting materials. We help communities return their land to sustainable production.
Volunteer’s project activities include the following activities:
- A range of different activities are represented within our Environmental and Conservation volunteer projects, in building and maintaining trails, taking part in environmental education, helping the existing staff members/environmental conservationists in ongoing projects, assistance in administrative activities of the project, weeding, building fences as well as in sustainable.
- You will also be involved in activities like reforestation, agro-forestry, organic and sustainable organic farming practices, nursery protects and environmental education. You can expect to work in varieties of ecosystem like dry forests, cloud forests, rain forest and mangrove forests. Examples of how you can support Environmental initiatives in Uganda:
- Support training of farmers in sustainable agriculture activities such as appropriate irrigation techniques, soil regeneration, tree planting, mushroom farming, and fisheries management. Farmers are comprehensively educated so they may independently implement sustainable methods into their work.
- Assist trainings and workshops for community members about beekeeping, poultry management, tree planting, coffee and banana management, and environmental conservation.
- Participate in the development and implementation of small sustainable energy projects such as fuel saving cooking stoves and bio gas usage.
- Conduct field visits to various villages and Help create model gardens and distribute seeds to community members.
- Teach community members about soil/water conservation and local environmental issues.
- Educate communities about water, sanitation management, and personal/environmental hygiene, while encouraging the development of sustainable agricultural practices
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