Up to date global-woods has conducted 4 major surveys of the living conditions of people in an areas of 5 km around the Kikonda Forest. The studies were conducted by University of Rottenburg, EACL consultants, Heifer international and a freelance consultant. A recent survey was conducted by the Sustainability department of global-woods. On top of that, meetings with community members and local authorities as well as annual participatory project assessments are conducted on a continuous basis, their results and follow-up activities being documented.
Major outcome is that global-woods’ activities have a positive impact. Between October 2012 and December 2016, global-woods created 620 additional jobs exclusively for the young men and women from the neighbouring communities. Further, the direct community support given by global-woods (construction of boreholes and valley dams, support to schools and churches, provision of seedlings, health training, financial literacy training, environmental education, livelihood improvement support etc.) continue to be appreciated by the neighbours as positive impact. Issues still to be improved include the implementation of a well structured CFM framework.
In future, monitoring of the development of livelihood levels of communities will continue to be monitored through surveys and direct interaction.
Plants and animals living in the areas planted by global-woods as well as in the set-aside areas within the Forest Reserve have been assessed by EACL consultants (2010), Dr. James Kalema of Makerere University (2011), Dr. Aventino Kasangaki (2013 and 2014) and Dr Sunday Eric of Makerere University (2015) and Dr Nalwanga Dianah (2016). Several bird species of regional conservation concern and one globally near-threatened bird specie was found.
The development of the population of these species as well as biodiversity in general is being monitored by field visit of assigned experts in conjunction with company staff. The monitoring results of 2013, 2014,2015 and 2016 show an increasing trend in species richness of birds. Indicator species for plants, avian fauna and mammals have been designated and a biodiversity monitoring protocol is in place.
Invasive species were identified (bug-weed, lantana spp. etc.) and a control/management plan is in place to reduce further spread.
Quality of drinking water is tested at least once every year. Results of the test conducted in 2014 led to introduction of chlorination cartridges in the water supply system at the forest station to further clean the water before consumption. Consequently, the water test results of 2015 indicated an improvement in the quality of water at the station while the test results of 2016 led to adoption of further water source management actions in the neighbouring communities.
The growth of trees which forms the basis of the future economic performance of the company is measured annually using a system of app. 200 permanent sample plots. Result show that growth is in the range typical for the country.
Productivity of field work is monitored in order to allow appropriate work allocation.
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