The National Environment Management Authority has started demarcating the boundaries of Lake Victoria along Mayuge District’s Bukaleba Central Forest Reserve.
The aim of the exercise is to demarcate 200 meters from the lake shores which will be conserved for protection of the Lake.
The NEMA Executive Director Tom Okurut says they have so far finished demarcating 75 percent of the villages and lake shore protection zones.
“We have agreed to resettle 48 villages that were originally evicted by National Forest Authority in 1998 and the restoration plan will be drawn by NEMA. Local government will attend to settle the affected communities”.
While addressing journalists on Thursday, Okurut said the directive was given by His Excellence Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to conserve Lake Victoria.
The Communities that settled in and around the Bukaleba reserve claim they were given permission to do so by the government of Idi Amin in 1970’s.
Bukaleba Central Forest Reserve located in Mayuge covers approximately 9,165 hectares of land.
In 2012, government introduced the Bukaleba Forest Project which was to run for a period of 42 years focusing on re afforestation using pine, eucalyptus and Maesoposis Eminii tree species.