about us

About GOAF Gold Acres Foundation (GOAF) is a private non-profit organisation that aims to encourage communities who largely depend on land for their livelihoods to invest in reducing deforestation and forest degradation for sustainable development. This effort contributes to the Goal of the national REDD+ process, which intends to address policy approaches that promote sustainable forest management, biodiversity conservation and enhancement of carbon stocks.
Our Partners
GOAF works with key strategic partners such as the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE), district local governments, National Forestry Authority, traditional institutions, religious institutions, schools and community groups to address issues of deforestation and forest degradation to eventually contribute to the mitigation of climate change impacts. According to the National Forest Plan (2011), Uganda’s forest estate is estimated at 3.6million hectares, which is equivalent to 18 percent of the total land area. However, this forest cover is being degraded at a very alarming rate. Between 1990 and 2010, Uganda lost an average 88,150 hectares or 1.86% per year. In total, Uganda lost 37.1% ( 1,763,000 hectares)of its forest cover in that period. This loss is largely attributed to the ever increasing demands from the human population, estimated at 34.8 million people in 2014 with a projection of close to 40 million people by 2022(UBOS,2015). This explosion has led to increased demand for agricultural land, wood fuel, construction materials and livestock grazing. GOAF subscribes to the Uganda REDD+ national undertaking that aims at supporting different partners such as civil society actors, district local governments, communities and non- profit organizations to ensure equitable sharing of multiple carbon and non- carbon benefits derived from the national program. (REDD+ is an acronym for the “Reducing of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and the role of conservation of biodiversity, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks”).