4,696 hectares of Lwamunda Forest Reserve in Mpigi District to be restored under the CFM (Collaborative Forest Management)strategy—Starting statement
Residents in Mpigi have agreed to partner with NFA to restore the reserve and regenerate 10 acres. This was after over 30 families had been evicted from the reserve over encroachment through human settlements and agriculture production. The community formed a CFM group under the umbrella body of Kolokolo Tree Planting Association, resulting from meetings between the community, NFA and district officials shared by the area MP and Minister of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives – Hon. Amelia Kyambadde.Kyambadde gave 6,000 seedlings to the group to embark on the planting exercise. She expressed concerns over the accelerating forest destruction, the need for awareness and sensitization about importance of the forests and later cautioned encroachers to vacate the forests before forced eviction.
The forest reserves in the district continues to face illegal timber harvesting, charcoal; burning, encroachment for agriculture and human settlement as reported by the sector manager of the Lwamunda Reserve – Mr. John Giribo. He said that 1,200 hectares are already under community tree planting.
Cvommunities under the CFM arrangement will be provided with indegineous species like Ficus (Mutuba), which is highly valued in Buganda, where the reserve is, and also allowed to plant fruit trees on forest boundaries to generate income.