Bugoma Forest must not Go.

Today we have no option but to put it to you, for you to decide if you’re to continue consuming sugar of a certain company which is now clearing 9 square miles forest cover to plant sugar canes or stop and do it for our future generation.

We’re calling upon Uganda Government on whose watch 80% of forests cover in Uganda has been destroyed in the last 30 years to pardon this one, Bugoma forest in Bunyoro was surrendered to an investor, 22 square miles of it was sold at 99 years lease by Bunyoro Kingdom which had an obligation to protect the forest also alongside Forest and Environmental bodies in Uganda. We’re calling on US Embassy, British Commission, European Union, Uganda Parliament and President, Politicians including opposition bosses, African Union, United Nations to up come and save this forest.

Let us refund 3 billion UGX the investor paid to acquire 22 square miles of land and we preserve Uganda’s forest.

Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin, President Heal The Planet Global Organisation – HTP in Special Consultative Status with United Nations insists “THIS ONE MUST NOT” http://www.healdeplanet.org

The Bugoma Forest is a protected tropical forest that is situated southwest of Hoima and northeast of Kyenjojo towns, and east of Lake Albert, in the Hoima district of western Uganda. It was gazetted in the 1930s and came under the mandate of the National Forestry Authority (NFA) in 2003. Its surface area is given as between 41,142 hectares (411.42 km2) and 65,000 hectares (650 km2).

Bugoa forest

It is one of a belt of extensive, lowland forests along Uganda’s western rift escarpment, that are believed to have been connected with one another and the Ituri forest in former times. The forest belt is situated between 500 and 1,650 metres a.s.l,  and Bugoma is situated at between 990 and 1,300 m elevation. Regional rainfall ranges from 1 250 to 1,625 mm. Farmlands and regenerating vegetation fringe the forests, which includes Elephant grass and Hyparrhenia grassland.

The tree cover of the forest belt shows a tendency toward monospecific dominance. Early colonising forest consists of a mixed forest with Alstonia congensisTrichilia prieurianaKhaya anthothecaCeltis mildbraedii, and Cynometra alexandri, among others. The climax forest that develops afterward depends on the altitude. From 1 000 to 1 200 m Cynometra alexandri is highly dominant (Uganda ironwood). Lasiodiscus mildbraedii and sometimes by Celtis spp. and Strychnos mitis sometimes dominate the understorey. Very large trees other than Cynometra alexandri occur, such as Khaya spp. and Entandrophragma spp. Patches of characteristic colonising species (e.g. Maesopsis spp.) mature alongside climax canopy species in a mosaic pattern in spaces left by the fall of large trees. Another type of climax community is the Parinari forest, consisting of almost pure stands of Parinari excelsa, associated in the understorey with Carapa grandiflora. Other understorey species are Craterispermum laurinum, Trichilia prieuriana and Pleiocarpa pycnantha.

Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin – HTP President

Wildlife

23 species of mammal, 225 species of bird, and 260 species of tree are known to occur in the reserve. The forest is home to a considerable number of chimpanzees which have started to undergo the habituation process in January 2016.

Conservation status

The forest is threatened by illegal logging, and it is feared that it may succumb to settlement and agriculture. The situation is worsened by an influx of Congolese refugees, and burgeoning large-scale tea and tobacco farms on its outskirts that infringe on the reserve boundaries.

In March 2012 some 1,500 land invaders were evicted, but by December 2013 some of them were returning to start subsistence cultivation and pit sawing.

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