Speaking in Amuru district last year, President Yoweri Museveni said he was dismayed by the extent of the damage the forest has suffered in the hands of illegal loggers when he flew over it. He vowed to crack whips on those behind the illegal logging. Since then, several people have been investigated over involvement in deforestation in the Forest.
The initiative works in such a way that community groups are introduced to alternative sources of livelihoods as incentives for protecting forest resources. Such enterprises include piggery, beekeeping, eco-tourism and Nursery Tree planting amongst others.