Fuelwood Planting

Why to choose this solution?
Trees are vital. Trees give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and give life to the wildlife of the world. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter and fuel for cooking. Trees such as shear nut provide natural oils, which can be used for cooking, making cosmetics such soap, Vaseline, cream and lotions. These natural oils are also medicinal in natural providing so many health benefits to the skin and the entire body. Tree planting is also one of the mitigation measures to climate change and its effects i.e., drought, insufficient rains, winds, floods, energy crisis and soil conservation. Furthermore tree planting can also be done as a green enterprise for money.
Savings per day or production:
Money is saved because it is using of locally available resources like seedlings, manure, soil, and labour. Trees can also help reduce the air conditioning and heating bills. Trees contribute to their environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. During the process of photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we breathe.
Cost in money and in own time to construct:
Tree seedlings cost between 50 to 5000 UG X (0.01 TO 1.4 USD). Some seedlings and seeds can even be accessed locally free of charge. Family labour can be used during establishment and even if no members at home you can plant your trees gradually until you accomplish the plantation. Cooking oil and cosmetics from natural oils from trees cost between 5000 and 50,000 UGX (approximately $1 -$14; US dollars).
This may depend on the purpose, for example you harvest and you manage the trees for regeneration for future uses. Durability also depends on the tree species as some trees can last between 10-25 years.
Maintenance needed:
Weeding, pruning, protection against fire and animals and too in some case spray for pest and disease control.
Resources needed in use:
Hoe, slasher, panga, manure, labour, spray pump, pesticide/fungicides.
Problems and limits:
Land shortage, prolonged dry-spell, high temperatures, fires, inaccessibility to seedlings, sunshine, insufficient rains, financial capital to manage tree planting and theft of the trees.
Where and how can you get it or make it?
Seedlings and seeds can be accessed from the tree nursery centres all over the country, bush as wildings, existing forests, or below the trees on farm. Woodlots can also be established using Farmer Natural Regeneration Management.
Skills needed to produce, install. maintenance, use:
Knowledge on how to plant trees, spacing needed, where to plant.
How to use it:
Not relevant
How to maintain it:
Not relevant
Climate effect (if any):
Trees absorb CO2 by removing and storing the carbon while releasing oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles. Tree also play a big role in conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife.
Where it is used and how many users are there?
Almost in all regions in Uganda, people are planting trees now and establishing woodlots. Over 55,000 Ugandans have woodlots established for fuel wood, food and income.
Why is it successful?
Tree management practices as well as trees satisfy the needs of the farmers. Availability of land and bondage to culture.
If you can make it, a short description, typical problems, materials needed.:
Establishment of a woodlot needs a trained personnel. Typical problems associated with tree planting include insufficient rains, drought, floods, animals, fires, limited quality seedlings and financial constraints to establish woodlots. Materials needed in establishment include manure, black-fertile soil, seedlings, water, stake, string, hoe, panga, basin.
How to make it (if possible):
Not necessary
How is it delivered and by whom?
Not necessary
Successful financial model
Support for development, trainings.
What policies and strategies helped the success?
Government and private sector support on tree planting. Civil society has also come up to support tree-planting initiatives in the country. Community involvement in tree growing through groups, community training in tree growing and management. Tree Planting Act, 2003. Forestry Policy, 2001; Community by-laws (before you cut plant trees). Provision of seedlings especially fruit trees by the government under Operation Wealth Creation (OWC).
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