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NFA Restores Forest Reserves in Karamoja

Since 2018, NFA has embarked on restoration of demolished forest cover which was destroyed due to encroachment more than a decade ago. The region with the total forest cover of 367, 450 hectares lost over half of the forests due to massive tree cutting, bush fires, settlements and grazing.
31 Jan 2020 18:34
view of Mt Moroto Forest Reserve under restoration

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National Forestry Authority-NFA has restored 120 hectares of destroyed forests. 

Since 2018, NFA has embarked on restoration of demolished forest cover which was destroyed due to encroachment more than a decade ago. The region with the total forest cover of 367, 450 hectares lost over half of the forests due to massive tree cutting, bush fires, settlements and grazing.

According to Michael Otim, the NFA Karamoja Range Manager, the forest restoration was carried out in Mt. Moroto Central Forest, Akuu and Loputuk forest reserves in Abim and Karenga respectively. He added that the activity will be rolled out to 15 other reserves in the sub-region.

Otim said the restoration was carried out jointly with National Environment Management Authority- NEMA and Uganda National Council of Science and Parliament.

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He said this year NFA has targeted to reinstate forest cover of about 100 hectares in the districts of Nakapiripirit, Kaabong and Moroto, a bid to reduce effects of climate change.

Otim, however, warns that their effort to restore forest cover in Karamoja is being hampered by inadequate staff in the natural resources department.

Samuel Loduk of Lia Parish in Katikekile Sub County, in Moroto where NFA is restoring about half of the forest reserve, called for stringent punishment on encroachers and the people who illegally and cut trees indiscriminately.

The Abim District Natural Resources Officer George Okot says that the effort by NFA to restore Akuu reserve is a very welcome idea.

“As a local government where the forest is located, we are happy with the move and we shall support NFA on sensitization of our community on the laws and importance of forests,” said Okot.

Abim district council passed an ordinance to protect tree cutting and encourage communities to plant trees although implementation remains a challenge.    

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