THE PROFESSIONAL FORESTERS ASSOCIATION

Published on February 17, 2014 um 09:39

Summary of your idea

A study by Obua, professor Agea and Ogwal in 2010 indicates that forests and woodlands cover about 14% of Ugandas land plane. Over the last 30 years, growth in human population and a resultant increase in demand for forest products for domestic and industrial use, expansion of agricultural land, illegal settlements and weak forest management capacity have adversely affected the status of forests in Uganda, particularly the biodiversity. Until recently, little attention had been paid to development of commercial forests which should have provided alternative forest products and services to relieve the pressure on natural forests and conserve biodiversity. As a consequence, Ugandas forests have been degraded with detrimental effects on the biodiversity. The Forest Stewardship Council emerged as one of the solutions to global forest decline and is generally regarded as the principal paradigm of certification as an international governance tool. An article by Axel Marx in 2010 found out that the overall effectiveness of certification on halting deforestation is still limited due to the exclusion of developing countries from the certification process, and the market driven nature of certification initiatives. In Uganda the challenge is further aggravated by the lack of publicity of these certification schemes. The topic of forest certification is only best known by environmental scholars in the country, big forest companies and other relevant authorities. Another problem is the fact that the ordinary forest users are constantly being driven out of these natural resources which have for years been their source of livelihood without finding for them comparable alternatives. The Professional Foresters Association therefore plans to be a non profit organization adopting the following objectives as it joins the world in the strive to accomplish a sustainably managed forest sector 1. Increase publicity of forest certification schemes and their importance in the urban areas 2. Work with relevant organizations and communities in order bring to light comparably profitable ventures to engage in for communities around the forest and be the front runners in championing the implementation of such endeavors 3. Building capacity among the local tree farmers through training so that the can appreciate forest certification. 4. Carry out arrange of research activities in order to discover better strategies to make the international community adopt forest certification. 5. Be the front runners in identifying profitable markets for local certified tree farms 6. Participate and promote any action or inaction that results in the achievement of sustainable forest management.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

The organization expects to change the attitudes and practices of urban forest product buyers, local small and large scale forest producers and institutions towards the use and management of forest resources, increase on the knowledge of Ugandans both the young and old on the current trends of forest management and certification,build capacity among certified small scale tree farmers and connect them to profitable markets .our measures of evaluation will include setting up targets and working towards them. we shall measure our activities on a scale basis and using any other evaluation method that proves reliable.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

we strictly intend to be a non for profit organization registered in Uganda. we intend to get finance from funders in form of grants, our own projects set up to raise funds for the activities and any other form of assistance from organization established and interested in the sustainable development to run the organization projects. The money will be used to run the activities.our prime collaborators will be the ministry of water and environment Uganda, the National Forestry Authority,The Saw log Production Grant Scheme ,the Uganda Tree Growers Association ,the Forest Stewardship Council and other relevant organizations championing for the same cause.

Your profile

I am a forester by profession,my motivation is the desire to create a positive change to myself and my surrounding. one of the qualities leading to my success are ambition and persistence. i have a degree in commercial forestry from Makerere University, i have also successfully carried out a research on the ''Effects of Fires on the Invasiveness of Lantana camara in Forest Plantations'' which is available on line. published by the open science repository natural resources and conservation. i have also worked with the National Forestry Authority.

Stage of Idea

conceptual stage, planning stage, start-up stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

peace-building , environment, education, health, sustainable energy, food security, poverty reduction, elderly, sustainable trade, cultural diversity , empowerment of women, youth, other

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