Having realized that there was an ever increasing population, degraded natural resources, inelastic land, land degradation, loss of biodiversity, erratic climatic conditions, poverty, and hunger coupled with rural community dependency on forestry and other natural resources for their livelihoods, Forestry and Environmental Development Network (FEDN) was formed.
The organisation was formed with a vision; “A green and ecologically sustainable environment for improved quality of livelihoods especially the poor and disadvantaged communities”
This was meant to promote empowerment for the poor communities with skills development and inputs for improved forestry and natural resource management.
Major objectives of the organisation are to promote sustainable natural resource management principles and practices; to promote local innovations and transfer appropriate forestry technologies that improve livelihoods; to reduce poverty and empower rural households through improved food security; and to promote and plan for environmentally friendly activities.
Forestry and Environmental Development Network is a membership grass root non for profit organisation whose members vote the Board of Directors who serve for a period of three years.
Over the last three years, FEDN has promoted production of organic apple banana as a strategy to increase income, food security and environment. FEDN has also promoted tree planting in Buyanja using collective investment scheme approach where community members organise themselves into groups and invest in tree planting with technical advice from FEDN staff. FEDN is currently involved in promoting environmental education in respect to climate change and beekeeping using traditional methods in respect to affordability, economics, African bee biology and environmental benefits.
Our advice is simple; as you wait for external funding utilise local resources to implement your programs since they can as well be successful.