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.
Musamali says there were areas which were considered to be eco-sensitive and unfriend to the fast growing trees and individuals were told not to temper with them by planting Eucalyptus and pine. These included, areas near, swamps, lakes, and on banks of rivers.
Abigaba, the NFA supervisor for Buwunga and Kyanamukaka sub counties was arrested on the orders of Herman Ssentongo, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner, who accused him of causing the massive destruction of forest reserves under his jurisdiction.
In his affidavit, Kyiwa argues that there is no justifiable reason for holding the logs, adding that his repeated appeals to the relevant authorities to release the impounded logs have been futile prompting him to turn to court.
Last year, Parliament declared Afzelia Africana, an endangered forest product requiring protection and effectively banned trade in it. However, Acholi sub region continues to fight illegal logging of the highly valuable tree species which only thrives in northern Uganda.