Sport
Kampala run to save Hoima’s Bugoma forest
Publish Date: Aug 20, 2014
Kampala run to save Hoima’s Bugoma forest
The Run for Nature 2014 run will take place on September. PHOTO/Titus Kakembo
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Gerald Tenywa

There will be no gold or silver or bronze medals after the race dubbed “Run for Nature 2014” on September 7 in Kampala.

All participants in the race are expected to be winners since the proceeds will contribute to the conservation of Budongo forest reserve in Hoima.

Bugoma, which is sitting on 41,144 hectares in Hoima with one of the largest population of chimpanzees, is under threat from illegal timber harvesting, charcoal burning and encroachment.

According to Constantine Pessarim of Destination Jungle, the run is being organised by a consortium of non-Governmental Organisations, private sector and Kyambogo University. He said they are targeting to raise sh20m that will restore degraded parts of Bugoma.

 

The run will cover 5km and 10km starting at 7am from Kati-Kati restaurant located along Lugogo Bypass towards the shopping complex housing Forest Mall and Lugogo Shoprite.

 

“Bugoma is facing of destruction and we have decided to form a consortium to save it,” said Pessarim, adding that their campaign will ultimately contribute to awareness and conservation.

A study undertaken by Kyambogo University and the Uganda Wildlife Society, which are part of the consortium, discovered that forest guards have not been paid for months due to inadequate funding.

Other findings include contested ownership due to lack of clear boundaries and claimants resisting Government conservation efforts on grounds that the forest is partly sitting on their ancestral land.

The study also faulted the National Forestry Authority (NFA) for weak programmes that have failed to secure Bugoma, which is one of the few remaining forest in the famous wildlife corridor for mammals moving from Murchison Falls National Park to Kibaale National Park and Semliki.

Gilbert Kadilo, the spokesperson of NFA said conservation of forests is a big challenge but they are moving into Bugoma to secure its boundaries. “Bugoma is one of the 18 forests where we are going to demarcate boundaries this financial year,” he said.

Paul Hatanga, the programme manager for Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust said the country’s deforestation estimated at 92,000 hectares every year has reduced the habitats for the chimpanzees.

He said the Conservation Trust has interventions outside protected areas.

“Conservation agencies have been focussing on the protected areas but over 500 chimps stay in areas outside Bugoma,” he said, adding that they are providing incentives to private land owners to conserve nature.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Super Lady, Consta out of Mbarara rally
With the registration of the Mbarara rally closed, Mbarara rally fans will miss their favourite female rally driver Super Lady Suzan Muwonge who did not register for the event....
Ayieko steps down as Rwenshama coach
Charles Ayieko has stepped down as Rwenshama coach.Ayieko cited conflicting instructions from club officials as the reason he quit the struggling club....
Chess: Ssegwanyi is top actor
Arthur Ssegwanyi, the Uganda Sports Press Association chess player of the year 2014, is the top actor after the Zone 4.2 Africa Championships....
2023 Africa Cup of Nations dates to change
The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will move from January to June because of plans to switch the 2022 World Cup dates, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said Wednesday....
Dolphins, Seals for Nairobi meet
Thirty eight Ugandan swimmers from the Seals and Dolphins clubs are headed to Nairobi to compete in the Kenya Swimming Federation Long Course National Age Group and Open Championship due February 27-March 1 in Nairobi....
Legendary boxer  John ‘The Beast’ Mugabi returns after 26 years
Legendary Ugandan boxer John Mugabi arrived in the country on Wednesday to a rousing welcome at Entebbe International Airport after 21 years in the diaspora....
Do you think government is doing enough to contain the typhoid out break?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter