Located in east Africa, Uganda contains over 2.5 million ha of forests (12.5% of the total land area) which is dominated by woodlands followed by tropical high forests. Uganda’s forests face many threats being cleared for commercial and subsistence agriculture, unsustainable harvests for fuelwood and timber, expansion of urban areas, degradation from free-grazing livestock and wildfires. These pressures combined with a rapidly growing population (3.2% increase annually), has led to high rates of deforestation with 1.5% of forest area lost each year.
Adhering to the terms of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement while seeking to obtain REDD+ results-based payments, Uganda has so far achieved the following:
With the support of CfRN, Uganda improved its GHG inventory for the AFOLU sector through a series of workshops with the Uganda AFOLU sector working group and a quality assurance review of the draft inventory by the RRR+ Independent Panel. Under the RRR+ project Uganda experts also participated in South-South exchange sharing their experiences with applying a step-wise approach to submitting forest reference levels. During CfRN’s 2019 global event in Milan, Uganda’s experts had the opportunity to share their lessons learned from the technical assessment of their forest reference level. Feedback from the review helped officials understand the need to wait to include REDD+ activities such as reducing emissions from forest degradation and forest C enhancements until sufficient MRV capacity was established.