NFA to Degazette 13 Forest Reserves Top story

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NFA Executive Director Michael Mugisa explains that due to massive encroachment on the forest reserves brought on by increased human activity, the districts resolved that they get alternative land elsewhere to accommodate the forests.

The National Forestry Authority is set to start the degazettement of thirteen forest reserves across the country.

The reserves include part of Mbarara central forest reserve, part of Lutoboka central forest reserve in Kalangala, part of Kitubulu forest reserve in Entebbe, Ibanda Local forest reserve, Nebbi local forest reserve and part of Fort Portal central forest reserve.

Others are part of Kimaka forest reserve in Jinja, part of Arua central forest reserve, part of Mbale Central forest reserve,  part of Gulu central forest reserve, Namanve Central Forest Reserve, Nyamakere central forest reserve in Kiryandongo and Kibeka Central Forest Reserve

NFA Executive Director Michael Mugisa explains that due to massive encroachment on the forest reserves brought on by increased human activity, the districts resolved that they get alternative land elsewhere to accommodate the forests.

Mugisa says land has already been identified in the districts where new forest reserves will be gazetted.
 
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Mugisa reveals that it is still considering the request from Mukono district, after the district council recently passed a resolution to degazette Namwoya forest reserve to pave way for the establishment of an industrial park.
 
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Parliament has to pass the resolution, under Section 8 of the National Forestry and Tree Planting Act, which empowers the Minister, with approval from Parliament to degazette a forest reserve, once an environmental impact assessment is done and complies with the law.

Last week, Parliament halted the approval of a motion tabled by Eddie Kwizera, the chairman of the Natural Resources Committee to degazette the forest reserves. Parliament noted that the motion should be tabled by government.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.