We are incredibly excited to announce a reforestation partnership between The Ninth Project, our reforestation partner, and the Jane Goodall Institute. All orders will plant trees in the Albertine Rift forests of Uganda, close to where Dr. Jane Goodall began her extraordinary career and fell in love with chimpanzees – our closest wildlife relatives. Our efforts will go towards planting 3 million trees as part of a broad long-term and large-scale initiative that will connect forests for wildlife, establish tree nurseries, strengthen forest monitoring and law enforcement to prevent future deforestation, promote agroforestry practices that integrate trees into farming systems, and much more.
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The Albertine Rift is globally recognized as a biodiversity hotspot, it ranks first among 119 distinct terrestrial eco-regions of continental Africa in terms of endemic species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, and second in terms of globally threatened species. Over 50% of birds, 39% of mammals, 19% of amphibians, and 14% of reptiles and plants of mainland Africa reside in this region. The restoration of these forests will contribute to carbon sequestration, support ecosystem functioning such as water catchment, engage local communities in sustainable practices, and maintain a habitat for highly endangered species relying on the Albertine Rift for their survival – including the endangered chimpanzee.
Albertine Rift forests are recognized among the World’s top 200 ecosystems of extreme global importance for biodiversity conservation as the “Earth’s Most Biologically Valuable Ecoregions.” It includes many endemic species, across all taxa, several of which are rare, including gorillas, hippos, and African elephants in addition to endangered chimpanzees and many insects, reptiles, and plants not found anywhere else.
An important part of this project entails training farmers and local communities in agroforestry and other sustainable practices that integrate trees into agriculture. This helps to support livelihoods, nutrition, and soil health, and creates incentives to keep trees growing. Participants will also receive tools and training in tree nursery establishment and management for long-term restoration.
This project will establish Collaborative Forest Management (CFM) groups to monitor forests and patrol for any illegal activities.
Conservation strategies will also be integrated, such as sustainable production techniques that increase incomes while protecting forests, and protection of watersheds to improve groundwater recharge that feed wells and streams for wildlife and people alike.