In 2012, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) began the Knowledge for Forests project, to mobilize support and pledges for the Bonn Challenge target to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands by 2020.
Farm Radio International is helping IUCN to meet the goals of this and related Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) projects in Uganda by using participatory radio strategies to raise farmers’ awareness of the opportunities and benefits of restoring degraded land. Techniques which are used in FLR include: tree planting, use of soil trenches, kitchen gardens and mulching.
Working closely with IUCN, the Uganda team has conducted formative research, selected Kapchorwa Trinity Radio as its partner radio station, and trained the broadcasters in participatory radio and use of ICTs. Broadcasts will begin in early 2015.