The role of biogas usage on the conservation of forests in Uganda:

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Kampala International University
Conservation of forests in Uganda and across the globe is an environmental agenda that countries are engaged in, with efforts to improve the conservation of the environment. The pressure being exerted on the use of firewood and charcoal as the sources of energy for cooking has resulted to massive deforestation and as such posed serious threat in maintaining ecological balance in various communities. This study therefore, investigated biogas use as an alternative energy source within Gombe Sub-County, Wakiso District, where, 226 biogas using homesteads were considered for data collection using structure questionnaire and an experiment. Data collected was analysed using descriptive statistics and content analysis. Results revealed four major factors influencing the adoption of biogas use in Gombe sub-county, and these included; high cost of other sources of energy, low susceptibility to danger, cheap means of producing biogas, and less time consumption. Moreover, results showed that biogas use reduces wood fuel demand, improved livelihoods and contributed to tree and forest enhancements. It is therefore, recommended that homesteads should be encouraged to adopt the use of biogas, due to its core value in tree-cover enhancement and environmental conservation.
A research report submitted to the school of natural and applied science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management Of Kampala International University
Biogas usage, Conservation, Forests, Uganda