Everyone knows about the abundance of wildlife in our project area, but it is not always so easy to really see the elephants, chimpanzees or bushbucks. Although species like baboons, black and white colobus or red tailed monkeys are relatively common to spot, many other species are shy or afraid of people and prefer to move at night or hide whenever they hear people. We wanted to get a better impression about the animals in the project area, and in February we started experimenting with wildlife cameras in some spots. It is surprising to see how many different species visit the same place. Pictures were taken of elephants, bushbuck, several primate species, giant forest hogs and other species. Baboons and chimps sometimes looked very curious into the camera. Check out a selection of the pictures for yourself:
We are proud to share the news that our forest restoration project in Kibale National Park, Uganda has passed its 3rd VCS and 2nd CCBS verification audit. The Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification (Aenor) verified a net carbon sequestration between 2014 and 2017 in the planted and regenerated forests of 240,850 tCO2 (equivalent to the average yearly emission of 10,472 households in the Netherlands). We are grateful to everyone involved for their hard work and commitment to the project.
Together with our clients we intend to plant and restore the remaining degraded land within Kibale in the coming years. Moreover, we are increasingly focusing on the communities and lands surrounding the National Park. Here we are supporting local income generating activities, promoting the planting of trees and woodlots on agricultural land, training and raising awareness on climate and conservation issues and mitigating human-wildlife conflicts. With these activities, we aim to strengthen the connection between Kibale NP and the surrounding communities.
If you are curious about how you or your organisation could support the Kibale project, do not hesitate to send us a message.
We are happy to announce that we have finished another round of monitoring of our forest restoration project in Kibale, Uganda in support of our VCS + CCB certification. The monitoring results are available in the draft Project Implementation Report and the draft VCS Carbon Monitoring report (please find documents below to learn more). Both reports are subject to verification by an independent auditor. The site visit for certification is scheduled for the week of 29 May – 2 June 2017. The project will then be verified against both the Verified Carbon Standard as well as the Climate Community and Biodiversity Standard.
One of our major goals is to mitigate climate change by planting forests that stores carbon dioxide in its biomass. It is therefore essential to know how much carbon gets absorbed by the trees our forests. Since 2003 we are monitoring the carbon stocks in the Kibale reforestation project in Uganda, and this year we conducted the fifth carbon monitoring campaign in cooperation with our project partner Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). It is an intense operation of about 7 weeks of fieldwork by three monitoring teams, with sometimes long working days.
The campaign started with the training of the fieldwork teams; some of the team members were already very experienced with the monitoring equipment and only needed a refreshment course and an update of the new version of the technology, while for others it was the first time to work with the equipment. An expert from our Czech partner IFER was also involved to prepare the campaign and conduct the training. Just like previous campaigns we used IFERs Field-Map technology, a state of the art tool for forest monitoring (more about Field-Map on www.field-map.com). Altogether we measured more than 10.000 trees in 280 plots. The monitoring results will be submitted for verification under the VCS and CCB standards.