Restore Uganda's Forest and Green Cover (RUFAGCO)

We challenge each other to plant a tree to restore the country's lost forests and green cover of over three million ha

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Eligibility Criteria

  • I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria and terms of the Act for Biodiversity Challenge and that I am eligible to apply.
  • I am 18 years old or older.

Initiative's representative name

Cedrick Mulindwa

Initiative's representative date of birth


Initiative's representative gender

  • Man

Headquarters location: country

  • Uganda

Headquarters location: city


Where are you making a difference?


Website or social media url(s)

Date Started

Starting May 2020

Project Stage

  • Start-up (first few activities have happened)

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • €100k - €250k

Organization Type

  • Nonprofit/NGO

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

After loosing a beloved relative as a result of cancer, Mr Kuteesa M Isaac was triggered to research about cancer upon discoveries that plastics, chemicals and other poorly disposed waste materials and deforestation as a result of population and industrial growth, contributes to the spread of more than 36 types of cancer and many other health, economic and environmental hazards. This sparked off the collective to adopt conservation as a personal and a collective responsibility and utilization of every waste as a raw material. Now ZWAP Foundation stands to sensitize communities, encourage individuals, train and educate the public to protect & conserve nature by utilizing every waste as a raw material for sustainable socio-economic wellbeing.

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

-Sharp declines on Uganda’s forest cover from 4.9 million hectares in 1990 to 1.8 million hectares in 2015. -High level of pollutions contributed by industrial and population growth. -Malnutrition and hunger more especially to children. -Lack of easy to learn and practical environment lessons in schools and homes

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Continuous tree planting (planting fruits and emissions absorbing trees) to compete with the cutting rate Continuous Public education, mobilization and sensitization for the community to get awareness on the benefits of tree planting , growing and maintanance Introduction and creation of a culture of public orchards in schools and in communities. Introducing practical environment and forestry education in schools and setting up environmental conservation awards every year.

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

Our intervention focuses on small-scale and grass-root communities that can be supported and empowered to spearhead and expand tree planting, growing and tree nursery management within their grounds and they include schools, churches, women groups, youth groups, wood carvers, charcoal makers, local leaders and chiefs, organized families, CBOs, etc. Our 10 million tree planting project methodology follows a step-by-step approach that begins with mobilizing resources and stakeholders, then train and guides participants to learn to design, establish, and manage their trees and nurseries, Monitor the growth and graduate the participants.

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

We have started on the journey to build collaborations with government organisations like National Environment Management Authority, National Forestry Authority, Uganda National Culture Center etc, and NGO like Spark Agro Initiatives, WWF, IUCN, Tree Adoption, etc, we highly tring our level best to engage schools, chiefdoms annd kingdoms. Our collaboration with the local councils has enabled us a firm ground to do this wonderful task. We have written and meet some corporate companies for asstance and support in this project ie; we have written to Total E&P, CNOOC, Stanbic Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, KCB, etc. The collective is open to any partnership that leads to the success of the project.

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

The many benefits of growing fruit and emission absorbing trees include their yield of fresh, locally grown food, water and air purification. As another advantage, fruit trees grow well in urban and suburban settings. From a social aspect, fruit trees help people become connected to the growing process while also providing a nutritious food source and food security. Planting fruit trees also has many helpful environmental benefits, from cleaner air to reduced energy costs. It will increase on the green forest cover in school grounds, and as well on the surrounding communities and households. Provideing habitation for many species of wildlife, provide food, protection, and homes for many birds and mammals. Fruit production and consumption increase will also be a result of this project and It will also have a positive effect on the participants’ livelihoods, as trees will be planted that improve soil fertility, carbon emission absorption along with fruit trees, leading to increased cro

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

We have set to follow the recovery and restoration of the country’s green forest cover from 9% to at least 17% of the total land area by 2025. By doing sensitization to communities and mentorship the next generation will appreciate, love and take care of the environment as individual’s responsibility, personal asset and life contributor. By improving on the household healthy values by creating easy access to nutritional fruits and information in schools and public places. By the production increase and easy access to fruits, there will be an increase on household income for socio-economic well-being. To make environmental science lessons easy and practical to everyone.

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

In this project we encourage community members to "Plant a tree, feed a generation and save a life" My tree my life. This works as a motivational point and focus to us to have a desire to feed a generation and save a life through planting a tree

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

Participants will be trained to raise seedlings which will be sold at low price but contributes to the financial sustainability. Through training workshops where members pay some littlemoney to be trained. We expect tocollect seeds and sell them to the nursery raisers. We shall seek for sustainable funds and corporate sponsorships to support the projet and fundraising projects and events.

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

1. The CEO and Founder Mr Kuteesa Michael Isaac ( A journalist, Business man and an Artist by practice), 2. Innovations, Reasearch and Policy Mr Cedrick Mulindwa ( A vet doctor and a senior Vet officer Kalangala District), 3. Administration and Operations Ms Nalwanga Esther Ruth (Banking and Finance and Business woman), 4. Human Resource and Personnel Ms Olive M Nakibuuka (Entreprenurship and business management), 5. Legal & compliance Joselyn Leletu (Advocate) 6.Communication and marketing etc

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media
  • Recommended by others

Evaluation results

7 evaluations so far


Yes, absolutely! - 33.3%

Yes/maybe - 16.7%

Maybe - 50%

Maybe/no - 0%

No - 0%


5 —Absolutely! It’s crystal clear how the solution is directly contributing to preserving and/or restoring biodiversity. - 33.3%

4—Yes, it establishes a clear connection to biodiversity. - 33.3%

3—Somewhat, the entry speaks to biodiversity but the direct impact is not well established and/or it is focused on a single species without considering its impact on the broader ecosystem - 33.3%

2—Not really, the connection to biodiversity is weak - 0%

1—No. The entry does not reference the solution’s impact on biodiversity. - 0%

3. 3) Is this entry IMPACTFUL?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 28.6%

4- Yes, I think so. - 42.9%

3- Maybe. - 14.3%

2- Probably not. - 14.3%

1- No. - 0%

4. 4) Is this entry INNOVATIVE?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 14.3%

4- Yes, I think so. - 14.3%

3- Maybe. - 28.6%

2- Probably not. - 28.6%

1- No. - 14.3%

5. 5) Is this entry VIABLE financially and operationally?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 28.6%

4- Yes, I think so. - 28.6%

3- Maybe. - 42.9%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%


5 -Yes, absolutely! - 14.3%

4- Yes, I think so. - 28.6%

3- Maybe. - 57.1%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

7. 7) Does this entry value COLLABORATION WITH OTHER STAKEHOLDERS in its approach?

5- Yes, absolutely! - 14.3%

4- Yes, I think ko. - 85.7%

3- Maybe. - 0%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

8. 8) FEEDBACK – Highlights

INNOVATION: You have a great understanding of the problem, have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful new solutions - 25%

IMPACT: You use specific numbers and evidence to describe what your project has achieved so far (or plan to achieve in the future) and you have a plan for measuring impact - 50%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: You have a thoughtful plan for growth and your founding team has a strong combination of leadership and knowledge-based skills - 75%

VIABIBLITY: You have given a great deal of thought to not just the idea itself but how to make it work from a financial perspective in the present and future - 50%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You value thinking around how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 75%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: You have a clearly defined plan on how to maximize shared value across multiple sectors and stakeholders - 100%

WRITING STYLE: Your writing style is concise, descriptive, clear, and specific - 0%

Other option - 0%

9. 9) FEEDBACK - Areas for Improvement

INNOVATION: Be more specific in your description of the research you have done into the past solutions to this problem and focus on how your solution is unique and innovative - 100%

IMPACT: Provide specific instances of your social impact and how you plan to measure impact – it may be helpful to describe the beneficiaries, products and programming, and provide evidence of (or plan for) how to measure impact - 75%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: Your plan for growing the organization can benefit from more specifics. How can you round out the various skills of your current leadership team to make the project a long-term success? - 25%

VIABILITY: Make sure you have provided descriptive information about your financial sustainability plan. Where do the funds come from now and do you have a concrete plan for future sustainability? - 50%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: your plan can benefit from more thought on how to create value for all stakeholders, not just immediate beneficiaries - 25%

WRITING STYLE: Try to be more concise, descriptive, clear, and specific. Avoid jargon. - 0%

Nothing – I thought everything was great! - 0%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: Try to provide more insights into how you are activating changemakers and empowering them to innovate through your product or programming - 25%

Other option - 0%

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