Genesis Conservation Ideas

Helping communities help the environment

Genesis conservation ideas is a locally based, non-profit organization founded in 2008,  after realizing that the once abundantly forested homeland was  seriously denuded,  its a concern to take part in collecting and developing ideas, to help mitigate climatic change challenges, and equally important, demonstrating the economic value of a green environment in sustainable development , creating positive outcomes for future generations.

Agroforestry and GCI’s role 

Trees play a crucial role in almost all terrestrial ecosystems and provide a range of products and services to rural and urban people. As natural vegetation is cleared for agriculture and other types of development, the benefits that trees provide are best sustained by integrating trees into agriculturally productive landscapes — a practice known as agroforestry.

Farmers have practiced agroforestry for years. Agroforestry focuses on the wide range of working trees grown on farms and in rural landscapes. Among these are fertilizer trees for land regeneration, soil health and food security; fruit trees for nutrition; fodder trees that improve smallholder livestock production; timber and fuelwood trees for shelter and energy; medicinal trees to combat disease; and trees that produce gums, resins or latex products. Many of these trees are multipurpose, providing a range of benefits.


Agroforestry provides many livelihood and environmental benefits, including:

  • Enriching the asset base of poor households with farm-grown trees.
  • Enhancing soil fertility and livestock productivity on farms.
  • Linking poor households to markets for high-value fruits, oils, cash crops and medicines.
  • Balancing improved productivity with the sustainable management of natural resources.
  • Maintaining or enhancing the supply of environmental services in agricultural landscapes for water, soil health, carbon sequestration and biodiversity.

Projects

Why Plant a Tree Today

Genesis Conservation Ideas (GCI)  works to take action against deforestation and climate change through native forest restoration and agro-forestry. We aim to raise awareness of global environmental issues and campaign for better environmental practices. GCI was founded in 2008 and is a Uganda Registered Non-government organization

We aim to restore biologically diverse forest in areas where deforestation or habitat degradation has taken place. Local benefits of our work include improved environmental conditions for  human, plant  and wildlife populations, improving peoples livelihoods, and National (global) benefits include; a net removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thus providing a valuable tool to tackle climate change.

What we do:

GCI's projects focus on three main things: Biodiversity, Carbon Storage, and Community Benefits. All of these lead to sustainable forestry. Greater biodiversity implies greater health. Biodiversity is in part a function of climate.  Biodiversity is essential for attracting wildlife which help disperse seeds, thereby promoting natural expansion of the forest. This in turn, provides much needed habitat for the animals we love. All carbon offset projects must also satisfy longevity requirements and will provide a way to lower our all-important "carbon footprint". Communities can also benefit financially as demonstrated in our village development program. In short, we need a planet to live on and forests are an important contributor to our air quality, water quality, food chain, and enjoyment.

Environmental Education (Community and Schools program):

We as global citizens have the power to positively impact the future of our planet and educating people on the environment is therefore critical to building a better future for us all. GCI aims to deliver environmental education programmes that provide professionals, community members, and children with tools that will allow them to easily and cost-efficiently reduce their negative impact on the earth and have fun at the same time!

Empowering people to make sound environmental decisions starts with nurturing their enthusiasm for nature and wildlife. Helps GCI develop this enthusiasm with our Family Tree Planting days, School Tree Planting trips, Corporate Trainings, Workshops, and more.....

Our work is primarily focused on the restoration of native forests. We implement reforestation projects for both biodiversity reasons and also as a means to sequester atmospheric C02. In addition to this, GCI also has an active and innovative education program. GCI helps students develop their environmental stewardship through our EcoKids Camp, Family Tree Planting days, School Tree Planting days, and setting up tree nurseries in the classroom.

  • Establish a Tree Nursery on Campus
  • Hands-on tree planting field trip to one of GCI's reforestation sites.
  • Environmental campaigns either for a small group or school wide - it's up to you!
  • Eco-Kids camp packed with environmental activities scheduled when school is not in session
  • Workshops and presentations on topics like climate change and deforestation (can be tailored to various age groups)

A Call for action:

Depending on whether you want to act independently or get your whole company or school involved, you can take action today with GCI. Donate, volunteer, start or sponsor a tree nursery, support tree planting, offset your CO2 emissions, develop an environmentally friendly children’s park and much more. One person can make a difference so ask yourself, "What did you do today?"

We call partners and people who love nature to help in promoting the work we are doing of conserving the environment through tree planting in communities in Uganda, such that every one participates in reducing their own carbon emissions and help us improve existing programmes that help people in poor communities cope with climate change. This will help us Establish carbon trading mechanisms such that all parties play their own role in reducing their carbon emissions.

 This support if provided will kick start innovative carbon programmes that will help poor communities cope with climate change challenges.“By better harnessing the innovation of the private sector, will have the tools to create jobs and develop local solutions that will increase access to clean energy and improve the lives of the poorest people”.

 

 

 

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