How Uganda villages became forest again

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Patience Atuhaire

Residents have benefited from a government drive to replant trees in deforested parts of Uganda’s Kibale National Park, and now guard it jealously.

Kibale is home to endangered animals and indigenous trees. It is also a migration corridor for animals crossing between different protected areas.

The natural tropical forest in Western Uganda was declared a national park in 1994. But by that time, more than a third of it had been destroyed by human activity.

The park was also able to sell 200,000 tonnes of carbon credits three years ago on the international market.

Carbon trading, or off-setting, is when individuals or institutions pay conservationists for their efforts in re-forestation – making up for their own contribution to carbon emissions.

Part of the resulting funds were invested in more replanting, and 40% given to the community, to generate new activities that also contribute to preserving the forest.

Here are some of the moments we captured in Kibale National Park: