About Green Evolution Initiative

We are a nonprofit organization limited by guarantee, registered in Uganda under registration no: 187882. We engage in different activities for the purpose of environmental conservation.

We are evolving and yielding lasting benefits towards the public through well designed and properly maintained activities. Some seem long term yet effective in their purpose and have consistent track of positive impact. This includes the following:

  • We establish tree nurseries which ensure supply of healthy planting material.
  • We grow fruit and compound trees that are sought for growing around homes.
  • We have professionals who provide skilled services to the farmers.
  • We also do grow some trees to maturity for demonstration and seed purposes.
  • We are working in partnership with Public and Private Institutions like universities and local Government authorities while planting trees in various locations.

Background

Forest cover in Uganda has been destroyed over the years more especially during the mid-eighties and nineties. Deforestation was especially severe in areas, where many people placed short-term survival needs ahead of the long-term goal of maintaining the nation's economic sector. Agricultural encroachment, logging, charcoal making, and harvesting for firewood consumed forest cover each year. An additional toll on forest reserves resulted from wildfires, often the result of illegal moonshine-making activity in reserves.

Where is hope?

Tree nurseries have for long been the silent answer. In order to counter the effects of deforestation in Uganda, a lot of effort has in the recent past been put into growing trees as a source of wood fuel for both industrial and domestic purposes. In order to sustain the high demand for wood fuel, fast growing varieties have to be grown. Ensuring high qualities of the trees grown has exposed the big need for tree nurseries that will guarantee these varieties.

Motive

The natural beauty we appreciate around us has shockingly unrevealed facts which can easily fail by nature. Our interaction with it to meet short lived interests has unfortunately forfeited its self-sustainability. Yet high quality trees are hard to find in plenty, they are equally costly to regenerate. Facts reveal this loudly as below.

One

Some tree species do not seed every year. Plantations of these species can be raised annually, only by sowing all available seeds in nursery to raise seedlings to be planted out various years.

Two

Some species grow very slowly and if the seeds of these species are sown directly in plantation, the seedlings are most likely to-be suppressed by weeds and ultimately killed. Therefore, slow growing species are generally raised in nursery and planted out, only when the seedlings are not liable to be damaged by weeds.

Three

The best method for introduction of exotics, tropical Pines, Poplars Eucalyptus etc, is only by planting and therefore nursery is very essential for them.

Four

Causalities in plantations have to be replaced either for the year of planting or in the next year. Sowing done in the gaps is liable to be unsuccessful as a result of suppression from weeds and cannot catch up the growth as from original sowing. Therefore, replacement of causalities is always done by planting nursery grown plants or stumps and so nursery is very essential for causality replacement also.

Five

Plantations of some species when raised by direct sowing are not as successful as when raised by transplanting their seedlings.

Six

Success of road side avenue plantations depends largely on planting tall and sturdy plants which can be only obtained from nurseries.

The greener tomorrow

GREEN IS NATURE

It signifies life as it has a lot of medicine yet undiscovered.It cannot be lost as we now care. Green Evolution Initiative is moving on forward towards a greener tomorrow because we know what it takes.

A GREENER TOMORROW IS A LIVING TOMORROW

We are on board with the tree samples below aiming at sustainability amidst human natural demands.


Eucalyptus grandis

It is a fast growing Australian native hardwood with a wide range of applications from general construction to fine furniture making.

Pinus caribaea

Its use has by far been Timber and resin besides shade and beauty.

Pinus patula

It is a major forestry tree and can be used for board manufacturing and furniture as well as for paper and pulp production. It can also be tapped for gum and resin.

Cupressus lusitanica

Cupressus lusitanica is one of the most popular Christmas trees. It is also very popular in the city parks and is often used as a living fence because of the very dense branches it develops.

Terminalia suberba

It is used for making furnitureguitars, table tennis blades (as outer ply), and musical instruments and prized for its workability and excellent color and finish.

Carica papaya

It is commonly known as pawpaw tree. It is a fruit tree and has historically been used for food, fishing nets, and medicine.

Tree nurseries

Newly germinated seedlings of most tree species fall in competition with the plants and it is impractical to give each tiny seedling 3 or 4 m apart in a plantation, the care needed for survival. Therefore, seedlings are raised together free of any competition until they are sturdy enough for planting out.
Only in a nursery can the forester afford to provide growing condition to raise healthy vigorous plants. Mainly for economic reasons, the forest planting sites receives a minimum of soil preparation, fertilizing and maintenance to ensure healthy and strong seedlings.

Busiika

This is by far the hub for all points we shall be able to supply in time to come. Our aim is to extend our services to access points such as Ndejje and Makerere's research centre at Namulonge with the hope of achieving this in the future. We are very optimistic about the future based on our past experience that yielded us bigger hopes since 2014. And in this regard we are proud of all our partners that join hands with us in pursuit of a living tomorrow. At GEI we think green when we think future.

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