Forest reserve borders to reopen
Publish Date: Jan 19, 2006
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By Carol Natukunda

THE National Forest Authority (NFA) is to reopen the initial boundaries of forest reserves countrywide, the commission of inquiry into Bunyoro issues heard yesterday.

The NFA coordinator for the Albertine region, Steve Nsita, told the commission chaired by Ruth Mukama that the colonial government had ‘ecological and scientific’ reasons for gazetting the forests in specific places, in the 1940’s.
Nsita said the country needed the reserves more than ever before.

“Degazetting forest reserves is not going to solve any problem in this region. If you do it in the reserves in Bunyoro or in Rwenzori, other parts of the country will demand for the same. We need these forests to protect our water sources,” Nsita said while testifying before the probe commission at the ministry of works training institute in Kampala.
He said after the demarcations, the ‘long- standing encroachers’ would remain, while the ‘new encroachers’ would be evicted.

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