The project is being implemented within the Bugoma and Budongo Landscape (2022 â€“ 2023): The main goal is to have a reduced (forest) wildfire risk with clear interventions for local stakeholder benefit and sustainable management of forests within Bugoma and Budongo landscape. The Bugoma and Budongo forests are the largest forest blocks in Uganda, covering 40,000 and 80,000 ha respectively.
Over the years, the (forest) wildfire risks in the landscape have increased. It is anticipated that the start of oil and gas exploitation in the landscape will further increase fire risks in the landscape. These fires impact vegetation and wildlife directly by affecting vegetation and wildlife species composition, regeneration of slow-growing tree species is impaired and forests may gradually be replaced by savannah, affecting local climate and hence critically impacting local communities.
Controlled fires are essential in management of savanna Parks in Uganda and are used as a management tool to refresh grass for domestic and wild ungulates or for hunting. Therefore, the project will aim at understanding the extent of the wildfire problem and assess the needs of the main stakeholders and their use of fires with defined guidelines to reduce the wildfire risks, and clear intervention of wildfire for local stakeholder benefit and sustainable management of forests within Bugoma and Budongo landscape. This will be achieved through the following objectives/ actions:
The project is expected to achieve the following results after the implementation of the project activities.