About SPGS I & II
Since 2004, SPGS has supported private sector tree planting in Uganda, attracting substantial investment in timber plantations by small, medium, and large scale investors. More than 10 000 hectares were planted in Phase I (SPGS I): 2004 – 2008 while 32 000 hectares (ha) of commercial plantations and woodlots were planted by private growers in Phase II (SPGS II): 2009 – 2014.
Commercial forests are more than just trees. They are fundamental for food security and improved livelihoods. In the future they will increase the resilience of communities by providing food, wood energy, shelter, fodder, fibre; generating income and employment to allow communities and societies to prosper; harbouring biodiversity; and supporting sustainable agriculture and human wellbeing by stabilizing soils and climate and regulating water flows. Integrated approaches to land use provides a way forward for improving policies and practices to address the drivers of deforestation; address conflicts over land use; capitalize on the full range of economic, social and environmental benefits from integrating forests with agriculture; and maintain multiple forest services in the landscape context. Forests are an essential solution to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Sustainably managed forests will increase the resilience of ecosystems and societies and optimize the role of forests and trees in absorbing and storing carbon while also providing other environmental services.