|1. What is SPGS Woodlot Support?
This is an initiative that is aimed at supporting private and Government institutions that heavily depend on fuel wood energy to plant their own trees. The fact that over 90% of Uganda’s population depends on fuel wood means that a lot of pressure is being placed on the few remaining natural forests. SPGS is targeting to support institutions to establish 1,000 ha of woodlots by 2013.
|2. Who are the target beneficiaries?
All institutions or agencies which heavily depend on fuel wood as main source of energy may be supported as long as they meet minimum requirements. Target beneficiaries include; Churches, prisons, schools, army barracks, child care centres, rehabilitation centres, hotels, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), and community associations among others. Few individuals with strategic sites may also be considered. The target beneficiary should own land of between 5 ha to 25 ha which can be set aside for woodlots; and should have interest and capacity to maintain the plantation after it has been established.
|3. How does one apply for this support?
Institutions or agencies that meet the above criteria can write a formal application letter to SPGS (see address below) giving a brief profile of their institution and attach a copy
|4. How does woodlot support work?
Once an application is received and verified, SPGS organizes a visit to assess the proposed planting site. After the site is approved, SPGS signs an agreement with applicant and forest contractor is sourced to work with the institution to establish woodlot according to SPGS standards. Upon certified completion of planting, SPGS hands over the woodlot to the beneficiary. The beneficiary is then required to maintain the woodlot according to SPGS standards as detailed in SPGS’s Tree Planting Guidelines for Uganda.
|5. What are the proposed fuel wood tree of their land ownership documents.
Application should clearly indicate full contacts of the person or officer who will be responsible for woodlot. species to meet objective? The tree species to plant depends on the site characteristics like soil and climate; and availability of good planting material. Some of the woodlot species so far planted include: Eucalyptus grandis (kalitunsi), Eucalyptus hybrid clones and Markhamia lutea (Musambya). Other tree species can be considered as long as they are suitable for fuel wood, plantable in a plantation form and the site is good.
For further information, please contact SPGS office on the address below:
SPGS PROJECT MANAGER
Plot 92 Luthuli Avenue, Bugolobi Kampala
P.O. Box 5244, Kampala
Tel: 0312 265 332/3