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Launch of FRECAR Uganda forest project

The first VELUX funded forest project in its 21-year partnership with WWF International has now officially commenced. WWF Verdensnaturfonden and WWF Uganda has officially launched a 20-year project called “Natural Forest Regeneration for Enhanced Carbon Stocks in the Albertine Rift (FRECAR)”. This project, funded by the VELUX Group, is aimed at protection and restoration of forest for carbon sequestration, and improving biodiversity and community livelihoods in the Kangombe – Bugoma landscape in West Uganda. A mixture of approaches will be used, including active planting on selected forest reserves, boundary strengthening, and engaging communities to participate in the protection of these reserves as well as reducing pressure on them but also have improved livelihood. Using the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Community, Conservation and Biodiversity (CCB) standard, this project will be contributing towards Uganda’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the forestry sector.

As Face the Future we will be guiding the process of VCS and CCB certification for which we will give trainings, implement carbon assessments, supervise the Social Biodiversity Impact Analysis, and CCB data analysis and reporting. We work together with Arbonaut, National Forestry Authority (NFA) Uganda, and our team of national experts.

For more information on the WWF-VELUX partnerhip click here.

About the VELUX Group: For almost 80 years, the VELUX Group has created better living environments for people around the world; making the most of daylight and fresh air through the roof. Our product programme includes roof windows and modular skylights, decorative blinds, sunscreening products and roller shutters, as well as installation and smart home solutions. These products help to ensure a healthy and sustainable indoor climate, for work and learning, for play and pleasure. We work globally – with sales and manufacturing operations in more than 40 countries and around 11,500 employees worldwide. The VELUX Group is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by non-profit, charitable foundations (THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS) and family. In 2019, VKR Holding had total revenue of EUR 2.9 billion and THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS donated EUR 178 million in charitable grants.

About WWF: WWF is an independent conservation organisation, with over 30 million followers and a global network active in nearly 100 countries. Our mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

Photo credit: WWF Denmark - Jonas Lysholdt Ejderskov