By KGR Reporter,
Tala Central Forest Reserve located in the Kyankwanzi district could in the next decade be replanted with indigenous trees under an initiative to be supported by the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline.
The forest under Uganda National Authority is one of those that have lost most of its natural forest cover though some parts have been replanted with eucalyptus trees for commercial timber harvesting.
East African Crude Oil Pipeline Ltd and National Forestry Authority on yesterday signed a memorandum of Understanding to establish a collaboration framework for specific activities relating to biodiversity conservation and natural resource management in select Central Forest Reserves.
The Pipeline Managing Director, Mr. Martin Tiffen said the support for Taala forest reserve is as per the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank and also under Performance Standards which recognizes that protecting and conserving biodiversity, maintaining ecosystem services, and managing living natural resources adequately are key interventions to good life. Mr. Tiffen speaking…….
National Forestry Authority Executive Director, Obong Okello said the collaboration with the East African Crude Oil Pipeline Project is in line with the Authority’s strategic direction to reinstate forest cover, including that around greater Mubende that has really greatly reduced.
Mr. Okello speaking…….
Mubende, Kikuube, and Kyankwanzi are among the districts to be traversed by the heated crude oil pipeline. END