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.
Uganda’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)gmail.com
The content, structure and grammar is at the discretion of the author only.
This post is published as an application by the author, to speak as a youth representative at the World Forestry Congress. Have a look at the other entries too!
As a reader, you can support this speaker’s entry:
- Leave a comment on this project in the field at the bottom of this page
- Support the post by clicking the “Like” button below
- Spread this post via your social media channels, using the two hashtags: #Forests2015 #Youth
The first tier selection of speakers will be based on the number of comments, likes and views each entry gets.