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Uganda Baati, NFA Partner To Plant 40 Hectares Of Trees

Uganda Baati and National Forestry Authority officials pose for a photo after the meeting.

 

 

This week, Uganda Baati Limited (UBL) management hosted National Forestry Authority  (NFA) at their head office in Kampala.

 

The purpose of the visit was for both the UBL and National Forestry Authority (NFA) to have joint efforts to restore forests around the country to conserve the environment under UBL Corporate restoration program.

 

The population of Uganda grows at 1.5 million per year meaning by 2025 the population will be 55 million. Unfortunately, this means that many people encroach on forests leading to one of the highest global deforestation rates.

 

Each year, nearly 3% of Uganda’s forests are cut down for fuel, agriculture, and to make room for an increasing population.

 

At the current rate of deforestation in Uganda, the country is likely to lose all of its forests in the next 25 years. The repercussions of these actions are clear to see. Besides the landscape almost being completely devoid of trees, the dry season has become longer and filled with more droughts. The loose soil has caused heavy rainfall to turn into deadly floods, while crops are producing less and less yield.

 

Current statistics by NFA also show in 1900 the Forest cover was 53%, by 1990 it had reduced to 24% and by 2017 it was at 12%. Between 1990 and 2017 Uganda lost over 2.4 million hectares of forest cover.

 

In 2019, there was a slight recovery in forest cover to 13%.

 

Against the above background, UBL and NFA are coming together under the Corporate forest restoration initiative.

 

Through this initiative, UBL and NFA agreed to have an MoU that will see Uganda Baati plant 40 hectares of trees all over the country, 10 hectares per region; that is Central, East, West, and North, starting in September 2022.

 

A communication following from Uganda Baati after the meeting partly reads that “UBL Business head, George Arodi, and the entire team at UBL continue to contribute to the overall welfare of the community in which we operate through Partnerships with key stakeholders.”

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