The Challenge

The Kibale National Park is one of the last remaining tropical forests in Uganda. It harbours the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa and is home to at least 350 tree species. Over the past century however, population pressures and unsustainable land use have severely degraded the National Park. To make matters worse, recurring fires and invasive grasses have made it impossible for the forest to recover naturally.

The Solution

Since the early 90’s, Face the Future and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) have been working to restore the park back to its original natural state by planting over 30 varieties of indigenous trees. So far, over 6,500 hectares have been restored and well over 1.6 million trees have been planted. The project has provided and continues to provide hundreds of seasonal and permanent jobs each year which benefits local communities. Many of the trees have matured and provide a thick canopy allowing biodiversity to return to the park in droves.

Project Video

Project Details



Natural High Forest Rehabilitation Project on degraded land of Kibale National Park


Kibale, Uganda




VCS and CCB (Biodiversity: gold level)


VCS project documentation

CCB project documentation

Project pictures:

Planted 1.6 million trees
13 Species of primates live in the park
6500 hectares restored
Established 30 km of elephant trenches
Sequestered 1 million t/CO₂
Created 300 full-time jobs

Before and After images

Satellite images that show rehabilitation progress over time (1995-2015)

When moving  over the picture you can clearly see an increase of vegetation (green) between 1995 and 2015.

Rehabilitation progress over time at Mainaro Camp, Kibale 1995-2015
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