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Forest & Landscape Restoration in Uganda: The Case of FMNR

January 21, 2019

Key messages
1. FMNR is a rapid, low cost and easily replicable form of social forestry
for restoring and improving agricultural, forested and pasture lands.
2. Following Uganda’s commitment to restore 2.5M ha of deforested and
degraded land as a pledge towards the Bonn Challenge and AFRI100,
FMNR is recommended as one of the cheap and fast options for
achieving forest and landscape restoration.
3. FMNR has demonstrated the potential to improve growth rates of
indigenous trees, improving pastures and increasing biodiversity
thus making it attractive to farmers and communities.
4. Local Governments and community institutions are key stakeholders
in promotion of FMNR, once their capacities are enhanced, they will
put in place the necessary policy environment to ensure that local
communities realize the benefits of FMNR.
5. Uganda has a conducive policy environment for FLR but short of
practical actions

Conclusion
Whereas there are other land restoration options,
Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) is
one of the low-cost but effective options,
especially in environments where tree survival can
be a challenge.
However, FMNR needs to be promoted alongside
complimentary income generating activities such
as bee keeping and rearing of small ruminants so
as to provide short-term gains as farmers wait for
medium and long-term benefits from trees.

Originally published from the FMNR webpage 

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