89% of the destroyed forest cover in Kibaale, Kakumiro and Kagadi districts has been recovered in the last two years.
This was according to Boaz Basigirenda, the Sector Manager Kagadi, district while speaking to our reporter.
He says that the 89% of the restored forest cover is out of the 44% of forest cover which had been destroyed in Kibaale, Kagadi and Kakumiro district.
He attributes the NFA’s success to continued sensitization, which led to voluntary vacation of encroachers.
Basigirenda reveals that they have now embarked on a collaborative forest management whereby they have so far launched three groups including Kanaga environmental development association (KEDA) to protect central forest reserves.
He says NFA plans to allocate pieces of land to the group members to plant only selected trees.
Speaking after the launch of Kanaga Environmental Development Association –(KEDA), the group Chairperson Bigirwa Nyamayarwo, promised to work with NFA to ensure that Kanaga and other forest reserves are restored and protected for the future benefits.
KEDA has 163 members who are the former encroachers.
During the launch of the same association, the Resident District Commissioner Kibaale, Deborah Mbabazi ordered all wetland and forest reserve encroachers across the district to vacate with immediate effect.
Mbabazi issued the directive yesterday at the launch of KEDA in Buronzi village, Nyamarunda sub county, Kibaale district.
Mbabazi’s directive followed the concern raised by the Vice Chairperson Kibaale district, Everest Murubya who said that, due to increased encroachment of wetlands and central forest reserves, seasons have changed and crops are no longer doing well.
As a result, Mbabazi wants all wetland and central forest reserve encroachers to vacate immediately or else face forced eviction.