Strategic Outcome Areas
The SPGS III Project promotes commercial tree planting by medium and large scale private sector actors and local communities by providing financial grants and technical assistance towards establishment of high quality plantations that will spur job creation and income generation, production of quality forest products such as timber and climate change mitigation.
SPGS III focuses on implementation of internationally-acceptable forest plantation operating practices and standards to enable a sustainable and commercially profitable forest sector in Uganda.
The Project’s activities aim at: reducing Uganda’s dependence on natural forests and foreign timber products, stimulating a vibrant forestry sector through public-private partnership in commercial forestry, enhancing rural development through job creation in commercial forestry and promoting industrialization and processing (value addition) of forest products such as timber.
The Project has four outcome areas by which it achieves its strategic objectives. These are:
Establishment and development of commercial plantations to acceptable national standardsIn this outcome area, SPGS III promotes high quality standards in commercial forestry operations such as tree nursery management, plantation establishment, pruning and thinning, to ensure good quality forest products. The Project also provides training and learning opportunities to increase skills and knowledge of commercial forestry sector actors and communities. By providing timely access and availability to spatial and non-spatial information on forest plantations, SPGS III helps to enhance knowledge used for planning and strategic interventions in commercial forestry.
Empowering forestry stakeholders to perform their mandates betterCommercial forestry in Uganda is a fast-growing sector and in order to ensure its sustainability and increased incomes for those involved, industrialization and downstream processing of forest products are important. SPGS III therefore supports transfer of technical knowledge and skills for value addition to and efficient use of forest products for timber and other uses. The Project is also involved in consumer awareness creation and support to regulation and coordination of markets for forest products
Support to integration of applied research for development along forestry value chainSPGS III works with the Ministry of Water and Environment to strengthen policy, legal and institutional frameworks as well as technical competence of the private sector and key stakeholders, for a vibrant commercial forestry sector in Uganda.
Downstream industrialization of processing and utilization of forest productsSPGS III provides training in form of short courses, seminars, and study tours to companies with reputed processing competence, and promotes use of appropriate technologies for processing of forest products such as timber. To facilitate quality and efficient in downstream processing, SPGS III is developing standards to serve as guidelines for efficient utilization of forest products. These guidelines will help to ensure efficient and quality operations. The Project will also support a matching grant to investors who are desirous of establishing processing facilities. The latter also benefit from procurement of appropriate technology such as processing units and kilns.