|Date||16 Mar 2018|
In my journey of biodiversity conservation, I have realized that despite the fact that all people in my community are gradually changing their mind-set, we need a community habitat to address the drought challenges and create harmony in the ecosystem. Thus, the community habitat will have the entire tree species, which will accommodate biodiversity, rejuvenate rainfall formation for the normal planting season, carbon sequestrate and provide farmers with soil fertility, medicine and food security. It will be designed in a way that is sustainable and a learning centre for adaptation measures to climate change, especially drought in my community of Kyakasengula village Nalutuntu Sub-county Mubende District Uganda.
This innovation will be in one piece of land of three quarter of an acre, surrounded with a Kearpo tree fence to allow easy monitoring. Then inside it, other tree species will be planted to accommodate all animals, birds, insects and many others that can interact in the same ecosystem. As well, honey bees will be introduced within, for crop pollination and income to the community members. The Community Biodiversity Conservation Habitat project aims at conserving the endangered species which are native to Uganda especially the central region namely: Red stinkwood (Prunus Aficana) which is a medicinal plant too, Bark cloth tree (Ficus natalensis), Red-hot poker (Erytrina abyssinica), Woman’s Tongoue or Siris Tree (Albizia Lebbeck), East African Greenheart (Warburgia Ugandensis), Umbrella Tree (Maesopsis eminii), Muvule (Milicia excelsa), Albizia spp (Nongo), Entada abyssinica A.Rich. (Mwolola), Albizia coriaria Welw. ex Oliv. (Mugavu) (Tabuti et al, 2012).
The native Hornbill called the Black-and-white-casqued hornbill (Bycanistes subcylindricus), which prefer to stay in dense forests like some in Kalangala district (Ssese Island in Lake Victoria), in open savannah grasslands and in the woodlands where they lay their eggs in trees like Woman’s Tongoue or Siris Tree (Albizia Lebbeck), East African Greenheart (Warburgia Ugandensis), Umbrella Tree (Maesopsis eminii) will be given another habitat in addition to Ssese Island. As well, the bees to be conserved are the honey bees (Apis mellifera adansonii) which are the stinging bees native to Uganda however; they are endangered due to use of chemicals in spraying gardens by the farmers. Consequently, I believe that these activities will reduce the pressure that has been exerted on the forest as a habitat for biodiversity.
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