'Cosmopolitanism through trees'

The following mind maps provide educational frameworks of cultural ecology based on the dynamic relationships between the Welsh Government and the people of Wales and Africa. They are presented with particular reference to initiating and aiding resilient community development, based on tree-planting schemes, to benefit future generations in Uganda, Kenya and Wales.

The following three links are to the Google mind map Atlas, which functions best in a Chrome browser. All concept plans are under constant development as the schemes progress.

One Wales Now

Welsh Government: 'Wales for Africa Programme'

Mount Elgon: a regional model of development

Tree planting in Uganda


"As a country develops and its population expands, the per capita consumption of wood and woodbased products rises steadily. The natural forests and woodlands that once seemed never-ending are suddenly almost finished. In the past, the response was often for the Government to then plant the trees to provide the timber, the poles and the fuelwood - though this has not proved very successful in a number of countries due to poor planning and management. The next cry often heard is, “We must force people to plant trees!” and this approach invariably fails too, even though lots of seedlings may be produced in the process. In Uganda, we may have found the solution: create the right investment environment and then provide support to private sector entrepreneurs willing to develop commercial tree plantations.

We are often asked why most of the species recommended for commercial plantations are exotic (i.e. not native to Uganda) and why we don’t plant more indigenous species. The main reason is that most of the indigenous trees grow too slowly (e.g. Mahoganies (Khaya anthothica and Entandophragma spp.) and Mvule (Milicia excelsa) and thus render the investment unprofitable. Many indigenous species are also very difficult to grow in a plantation situation (e.g. Mvule and Prunus africanum)."


Relevant Green Maps