The Nature Palace Foundation, through the Naturesmart programme is reviving this ancient craftsmanship as one way to promote community-based adaptation.

This more positive attitude from the community members has led to a reduction in extractive activities, conserving this important resource.

Bark cloth is a unique fabric produced from the bark of Ficus natalensis commonly called the 'mutuba' tree.

Fuel briquettes are burned as an alternative to wood or charcoal for cooking and heating.

They have a higher heating value than wood or charcoal, are smokeless and give off intense and steady heat In Uganda, plant resources play a central role in the livelihoods of rural communities that have traditionally relied on plants to meet their healthcare needs.

Skilled artisans incorporate this unique fabric into many modern uses, including fashion, accessories, house wares, interior design, and other forms of art.

Conserving the bark cloth trees on farm land brings farmers other ecological benefits including improved resilience and cooking energy – as branches can be sustainably harvested for firewood and leaves can provide fodder for domestic animals.To make bark cloth, the bark of the tree is harvested, without harming the tree.This means bark cloth is an environmentally-friendly, renewable material.This method works by both providing alternatives – in case some crops fail, but also by increasing overall capacity of the farm to withstand harsh conditions like long dry spells.Other methods include soil and water conservation using mulching and use of biochar to rejuvenate exhausted soils.Unsustainable methods of wetland agriculture were a problem, and neighbouring communities generally had a negative attitude towards conserving the ecosystem, making the problems worse.