This is an incredibly special wildlife habitat and corridor restoration partnership between One Tree Planted and the Jane Goodall Institute. The objective is to restore and conserve nature for biodiversity while also supporting local communities. The trees will be planted in the Albertine Rift forests of Uganda, close to where Dr. Jane Goodall began her extraordinary career and fell in love with chimpanzees - our closest wildlife relatives. Donations here will go towards planting 3 million trees as part of a broad long-term and large-scale initiative that will connect forests for wildlife, establish tree nurseries, strengthen forest monitoring and law enforcement to prevent future deforestation, promote agroforestry practices that integrate trees into farming systems, and much more.
A variety of local trees will be planted based on the needs of specific sites. Species include, among others, Maesopsis eminii, Cordia africana, Milicia excelsa, Mitrigyna stipulosa, Lovoa trichiliodes, Khaya anthotheca (an African Mahogany), and Albizia, Trichilia and Ficus (Fig) species.
Albertine Rift forests are recognized among the World’s top 200 ecosystems of extreme global importance for biodiversity conservation as the “Earth’s Most Biologically Valuable Ecoregions.” It includes many endemic species, across all taxa, several of which are rare, including gorillas, hippos, and African elephants in addition to endangered chimpanzees and many insects, reptiles, and plants not found anywhere else.
An important part of this project entails training farmers and local communities in agroforestry and other sustainable practices that integrate trees into agriculture. This helps to support livelihoods, nutrition, and soil health, and creates incentives to keep trees growing. Participants will also receive tools and training in tree nursery establishment and management for long-term restoration.
This project will establish Collaborative Forest Management (CFM) groups to monitor forests and patrol for any illegal activities.
Conservation strategies will also be integrated, such as sustainable production techniques that increase incomes while protecting forests, and protection of watersheds to improve groundwater recharge that feed wells and streams for wildlife and people alike.