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NFA condemns replacing natural forests with eucalyptus, pine

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The National Forest Authority (NFA) is worried about the recurrent replacement of natural forests with eucalyptus and pine trees in many parts of the country including wetlands. Tom Okello Obong, the Executive Director of NFA says their assessment has established a growing habit …

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MP Nandala helps block motion to degazette forests

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |Budadiri West Member of Parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi has this afternoon blocked debate on a motion seeking a resolution of parliament to degazette and gazette forests. The motion had been lined up on the order paper to be presented by Elgon County legislator Ignatius Wamakuyu …

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Ugandans urged to engage in commercial tree planting

  Kampala, Uganda |  JOSEPH BAHINGWIRE | Ugandans have been urged to engage more in commercial tree planning if the country is to curb the problem of declining forest coverage and its effects. Denis Kavuma the general manager Uganda Timber Growers Association says despite the increasing demand for wood ant …

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Eucalyptus gets the chop after deadly Portugal forest fires

Lisbon, Portugal | AFP | Portugal is to reduce the number of eucalyptus groves after the highly flammable plant was blamed for last month’s deadly forest fires. Parliament voted for the measure Wednesday as part of ongoing forest law reforms that started in April, before the blaze in the central Pedrogao …

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VIDEO: No compensation for illegal settlers – Museveni

VIDEO; President Yoweri Museveni has ruled out compensation for settlers on contested land at Bukasa – next to the Kampala Industrial Business Park, Namanve. The land is contested by the National Forest Authority which claims it is part of Namanve Forest Reserve. Museveni has also vowed to discipline officials of …

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VIDEO: Malabigambo’s Timber Smuggled Into Tanzania

VIDEO: Rising encroachment of the country’s natural forests has alarmed conservationists who fear the Uganda could soon lose its prestigious Pearl of Africa title. NBS has learnt that Malabigambo Central Forest Reserve in Rakai district is on the verge of depletion – with all illegally harvested timber smuggled to neighboring Tanzania. …

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VIDEO: Government intervenes in Zoka Forest row

VIDEO: Government has intervened to save the 10,000 hectare controversial Zoka forest that is currently being cleared for logging. The recent cabinet meeting resolved that an inquiry be instituted to probe the alleged logging by government officials, and clearance for sugar cane growing. This was revealed by the Second Deputy Premier, …

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‘Uganda will have no forests by 2050’

The newly-appointed State Minister for Environment Mary Goretti Kitutu has decried the rate of deforestation in the country, saying that Uganda will soon be water-stressed if citizens do not pay due attention to environment management. “Loss of forests cover in Uganda is reaching worrying trends, with 200,000 hectares lost per …

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Burning Uganda’s future

The impact of the charcoal industry on Uganda’s environment should makes us despair, comments Boaz Opio. Tree fellers should use the timber for making their own coffins. Because as they cut that 100-year old Mvule, they are killing a poor tree that has been busy supplying them with good air …

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