Bukaleeba Central Forest Reserve Loses Shs 1.5 billion per year to Enchroachers

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National Forestry Authority loses about shillings 1.5 billion annually as a result of encroachment on Bukaleeba Central Forest Reserve in Mayuge.

National Forestry Authority loses about shillings 1.5 billion annually as a result of encroachment on Bukaleeba Central Forest Reserve in Mayuge. Teddy Nsamba, the manager Bukaleeba central Forest reserve says that encroachers cut about 75 hectares of trees for charcoal burning from the forest reserve each year.
 
Nsamba says that the encroachers target the pine and eucalyptus tree species. She says that deforestation in Mayuge stands at about 98 percent.
 
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Nsamba says that most of the encroachers claim that the land on which the forest reserve is located is their ancestral land. She blames government for doing little to stop the encroachment on the reserve over the years especially during the rain season. Nsamba says that the situation is worsened by statements attributed to politicians who encourage their voters to encroach on the forest reserve.


She says that a lot of trees have been cut down since the 2001 elections when some politicians claimed to have allocated residents land in the forest reserve. Hudson Andrua, Executive Director National Forestry Authority says that the forest can only be degazetted by parliament. Andrua asks politicians to stop making reckless statements about the forests saying it leads to wastage of tax payer’s money as the authority has to replant trees cut down by encroachers.
 
 

According to the United Nations, Food and Agricultural Organization, 15.2% or about 2,988,000 hectares of Uganda is forested. Uganda has 51,000 hectares of planted forests. Uganda loses about 88.150 hectares of forest every year. Between 1990 and 2010, Uganda lost 37.1% of its forest cover or around 1,763,000 hectares.