Ecological Internet: Protest Plans to Destroy Uganda’s Few Remaining Rainforests for Plantations

December 16th, 2006 6:17 pm by Kelly Garbato

UPDATE (via Ecological Internet), 1/12/07:

UPDATE – Jan 12, 2007: The rainforest destruction crisis in Uganda, which we first informed you of in December, has worsened considerably. The Ugandan President now proposes to degazette over nine additional municipal forest reserves, presumably to spur industrial and agricultural development. This is in addition to two existing proposed large agricultural plantation projects in Uganda’s important protected rainforests, and those that buffer Lake Victoria, to grow palm oil and sugar cane crops. Destruction of Uganda’s surviving forests will have grave ecological consequences, changing the country’s climate including more frequent droughts and floods, threatening hundreds of rare species, sparking soil erosion, and further reducing the health and water volume of Lake Victoria by removing a crucial buffer against pollution. Please contact the Ugandan government to insist these projects be abandoned and that existing protected forests maintain their status, informing the government that Uganda needs more not less protected intact rainforests if they are to develop in an ecologically sustainable manner and have any hope of alleviating poverty in the long-term.


Via Ecological Internet:

Protest Plans to Destroy Uganda’s Few Remaining Rainforests for Plantations

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is pursuing legally dubious plans to destroy much of Uganda’s last few rainforests to grow palm oil and sugar cane crops. Uganda has long been facing a deforestation crisis, with forests covering 20 percent of Uganda 40 years ago, but now just covering seven percent. Loss of forest cover in Uganda has had devastating ecological impacts which will be intensified by the proposed projects. Deforestation has been directly responsible for declining levels of waters in Lake Victoria and the River Nile, resulting in a scarcity of drinking water and reduction in hydroelectric energy production. The whole matter seems to reflect a desperate power
grab by the President to reward cronies under false and illusory promises of industrialization. The government has no legal mandate to give out constitutionally protected forest reserves to be cut down by private companies.

Please contact President Yoweri Museveni, the entire Ugandan parliament, and Ugandan ministries and embassies and insist that these projects be abandoned, and Uganda’s remaining rainforest strictly protected as ecological reserves while restoring forests where they
historically occurred.



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