Youth Speaker entry #4: Dastan Bamwesigye (Uganda)

Foundation For Human Dignity Environment and Development (FHDED) is a non-governmental organization (NGO), and youth-led Organization.

FHDED’s purpose and vision are to empower people, harness environment, and shape a sustainable means of development through policy Research, Advocacy, Civic Education and information dissemination through ending absolute poverty, protecting environment and fighting for Human Rights in Uganda and beyond.

FHDED has been able to plant over 5 million trees through its youth groups, have a number of nursery bed and also carried out campaigns on biomass Utilization and legislation in Uganda.

Our Motivation

Go greenUganda’s energy sector is dominated by biomass which contributes over 90% of the total consumable energy, with firewood and charcoal supplying about 84% and 6% of the country’s energy balance respectively. In the recent past, the demand for charcoal has been increasing rapidly at an estimated 6% per annum and this trend is expected to continue in the foreseeable future. Besides the main use of biomass energy for cooking and heating either as firewood or charcoal majorly by the household sector, there is a sizeable demand from commercial activities, such as the production of bricks. In many areas, biomass continues to be the energy source of choice due to unavailability or unaffordable prices of alternatives. The high demand for biomass can be partly attributed to the inefficient technologies used for conversion of raw wood into charcoal and final use.

Despite the high demand for biomass, the country’s diversity of biomass resources is not exploited to its full potential. Crop and forest residues, and other forms of biomass wastes are rarely used for energy purposes but have potential to significantly improve energy access of low-income populations, constitute a source of income, and reduce deforestation. FHDED seeks to bridge the gap that exists between the poor means of utilizing biomass and the scarce/degrading and limited biomass resources in Uganda.

What we do

  • Go green project Campaign for tree planting for the youth.
  • Enhancing positive Biomass energy behavior change through information and awareness rising activities, Sanitization on use of less fire wood consuming stoves, empowering local Leaders and District technical leaders such as the Community Development Officers, and Environmental Officers to promote modern biomass utilization technology that saves energy consumption

Blogpost, video and photo submitted by Dastan Bamwesigye (Uganda) – bamwesigyedastan(at)

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31 thoughts on “Youth Speaker entry #4: Dastan Bamwesigye (Uganda)

  1. Dastan this a commendable work, continue to save forest because it is the only way we can save our environment and fight poverty in Africa.


  2. How a great speech with many ideas that I admire. Dastan, I wish you all the best in your struggle for a greener (and better) country and planet. God bless your work!

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    • Thank you Jakub Martinec, I will do anything to bring light to fellow Ugandas and entire African blocl among other continents that have not realised the repacations of deforestion, My own president had given away a tropical forest for sugar cane investors but the civil society stood strong untill he droped the bid. Therefore as a young generation, its our duty to protect the forest and if possible and on the acrage and save our environment.

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  3. This is such an important project. I have personally seen the devastation that deforestation causes in other countries. I pray you are successful in preventing it there in Uganda and other African countries.

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    • Thank you Josephine.
      The indicators are clear that Human being have to live in hamony with environment, and forests play an improtant role that I am committed to protecting because it seems like our political leaders are far interested and we have to wake them up as we also do up steam work on tackling the the real problem which directely is leading to desertification and poverty.

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  4. Surely, the entire globe should go green and Dastan may you continue with that spirit .Hence I wish you the best as we fight deforestation and its negative effects in Uganda and the entire world at large.
    Good idea bro.

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  5. Hi Dastan, you have a brilliant ideas. There are many ways of supporting individual governments in order to provide the dividends of democracy, inclusive growth and sustainable development. I firmly believe your ideas are great, and there is every need to be supported with all the necessary resources needed to turn them into a reality.

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  6. The result of Doferestation being Desertification has impacted on Climate change. The impact of climate change is a threat to Africa’s aspirations for growth and poverty reduction directly through the effects of changing water availability, loss of biodiversity, declining or volatile agricultural yields, climate-related humanitarian disasters (including floods and droughts), increased incidence and prevalence of vector-borne diseases, weakened infrastructure, political instability due to heightened conflict over resources, and movement of people, as well as through the secondary effects of these phenomena.

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  7. I believe this is a feasible work, which can be carried out, however there may be some difficulties with implementation of ideas which , example there is 60% use of firewood in your locality or country. This is deep rooted and will need extra display of physical ideas to the people to reduce or curb wood felling for the purpose for consumption through burning. However, I think this work needs to be heard and given the thumbs up.

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  8. Good work FHDED. I hope you soon start to plant 5 million tree per year. The rate at which people are cutting trees needs to be matched

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  9. For the fact that I know what it takes to join the struggle for the Global environment . Thank God ur among the few who understands the cause for protecting our environment along peoples livelihood.

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  10. Reblogged this on bamwesigyedastan and commented:
    Tackling climate change and poverty in Africa

    Climate change is already having and will continue to have severe economic consequences for Africa. There is consensus that climate change is a critical issue for Africa and indeed, its greatest challenge in the 21st century, along with poverty. Climate change is likely to disproportionably affect the continent’s development trajectory, as most African countries are characterized by undiversified economic structures, poor infrastructure, fragile governance structures and institutions, poor human development and most importantly, the heavy reliance on agriculture for the majority of the population.

    The threat to economic growth, which is central to development and poverty reduction, is among the most significant consequences of climate change. The impact of climate change is a threat to Africa’s aspirations for growth and poverty reduction directly through the effects of changing water availability, loss of biodiversity, declining or volatile agricultural yields, climate-related humanitarian disasters (including floods and droughts), increased incidence and prevalence of vector-borne diseases, weakened infrastructure, political instability due to heightened conflict over resources, and movement of people, as well as through the secondary effects of these phenomena.

    The effects of climate change are more severe for vulnerable and disempowered groups in the community, including women and children who have the potential of being strong actors in current and future development. To shed light on the nexus among climate change, economic growth and poverty reduction and the challenges ahead, two broad issues are worth exploring. The first relates to the channels through which climate change is affecting economic activity and poverty reduction, and the second, the challenges associated with managing the impact of climate change. Climate change is already having and will continue to have severe economic consequences for Africa. It will also have a far-reaching impact on growth and poverty reduction. Although Africa is the continent least responsible for climate change, it is particularly vulnerable to its effects. Overall, some models suggest that an increase in temperature of about 1.5 C by 2040 could lead to an annual loss in Africa’s GDP of 1.7 percent. Climate change affects Africa’s growth and poverty rates in a variety of ways, such as its adverse impact on agriculture, the engine of growth and mainstay of the poor in many African countries. It also affects tourism, an important source of foreign currency, and productive factors (land, labour, and capital). Also, confronting the challenge of climate change will affect the ability of the State to sustain sound macroeconomic policies and make the necessary growth-enhancing public investment, deliver services and undertake poverty-reducing social spending.
    By weakening the capacity of the State to Deliver services and maintain a sound institutional environment, climate change is likely to have a negative impact on capital flows, private investment and development finance.

    Climate change will have a dramatic social and economic impact on Africa, tax individuals, firms and governments and reduce growth by drawing resources away from development. Even if global carbon emissions were reduced tomorrow, Africa would still be faced with the massive challenge of adapting to climate change while promoting faster economic and social development. Based on existing evidence of the extent of climate change on the continent, future climatic shocks of particularly larger magnitude and frequency may further affect economic growth and lock many African countries in poverty traps.

    To achieve sustainable growth, fight poverty and attain other development goals, African countries will have to expand their energy, transport and urban systems and agricultural and industrial production. The big questions they should consider in this context are: “How can this be done in a way that promotes development needs without exacerbating the problem of climate change?”

    “How do African countries pursue growth and prosperity without affecting climate change?” The world must recognize that Africa will see emissions grow for some time (albeit with only small contributions to global emissions). However, a high-carbon growth path is unsustainable. Adapting, therefore, requires robust decision-making, long-term planning, considering a broad range of climate and socio-economic scenarios and adopting climate-smart policies that enhance development, reduce vulnerability and finance the transition to low-carbon growth paths.
    Afforestation is a also among the the best tools of tackling climate change and as well as improving incomes of those who own the forests, water catchments, fresh air and climate mitigation.

    Lastly, regional institutions should play a more serious leadership role in helping Africa meet the challenges of climate change. This role must include coordination and capacity-building for adequate representation of the continent in climate change negotiations and global governance mechanisms.


    Bamwesigye Dastan
    Executive Director Foundation for Human Dignity Environment and Development (FHDED)

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  11. I am moved by the rate at which youth across the globe are comprehending Enviromental issues, the positive extenalities of planting trees/ forests is non negotiable. Keep the spirit alive and practicle. Go green!

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  12. planting trees in Africa is the way to go especially here in uganda where the rate at which trees are being cut down is alarming. Am worried even the government is also involved in deforestation where by forests are now being given away to investors and charcoal use in the country is increasing everyday.

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  13. I agree with you Dastan, supporting of our environment is so significant, the future is so significant and we have to do something for that.

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  14. The youth have a chace to save our future from Desertification and poverty mainly caused by Deforestion and general Environmental Degredation in Uganda and entire Africa.

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