Why Bugoma Central Forest Reserve should not be destroyed & Recommendations!
About Bugoma Central Forest Reserve
Bugoma Central Forest Reserve is one of the protected tropical forests in Uganda. Bugoma forest was gazetted as a protected forest in the 1930s. In 2002, it was put under the mandate of the National Forestry Authority (NFA). This tropical rain forest is situated in Hoima district just in the east of Lake Albert, southwest of Hoima and northeast of Kyenjojo towns. Bugoma forest covers a surface area of about 41,142 hectares (411.42 km2) and 65,000 hectares (650 km2). With this area, this forest is believed to be home to over 23 mammal species, 225 bird species, and 260 species of trees. The tropical forest is also home to about 500 chimpanzees (10% of the Ugandan chimp population), making the forest a chimpanzee sanctuary and they have been undergoing habituation since January 2016.
Bugoma Central Forest Reserve is the largest remaining block of natural tropical forest along the Albertine Rift Valley between Budongo and Semuliki National Park, therefore it plays an enormous role in preserving wildlife migratory corridors.
What will be affected if the forest reserve is destroyed?
- The conservation of Bugoma Central Forest Reserve is very paramount for the livelihood of the local farmers and communities. Destruction of this habitat and change in its use will affect climate, the water sources, and the whole economy of the area. It will cause conflicts between humans and wildlife, as well as impoverishing the soil and impoverishing the local communities.
- Once the forest is destroyed, investments like eco-tourism activities and tourist accommodation like Bugoma Jungle Lodge and the new lodge in Mwera situated in the forest will also be destroyed. This will demoralize the efforts of the Investors in eco-tourism and conservation in this forest.
- Currently, Bugoma Forest Reserve is home to over 10% of Uganda’s remaining chimpanzee population and several primates like the Ugandan mangabeys. If demolished, these internationally recognized wildlife species will be affected yet we are working towards achieving sustainable tourism.
- The conservation efforts that have been done by many organizations in and around Bugoma Forest especially those having various projects dealing with tree planting, supporting farmers, a socio-economic supporter of the vulnerable communities including refugees in the area will be upset by a clear setback.
- If successfully done, the degradation of Bugoma central forest will trigger a further escalation in degradation, or further loss of habitat and endangering the biodiversity.
- Uganda will also lose credibility in respect and implementation of International Conventions such as Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) of 1992, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which Uganda ratified in 1993 with the objective to regulate levels of greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere; not forgetting the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
- As an Africa safari tour operator, I recommend that Bugoma Conservation Forest Reserve must be protected and left as it is we are to promote sustainable tourism.
- Sugarcane growing and development should not take place at the expense of natural resources like Bugoma Central Forest Reserve. There is enough land elsewhere in Bunyoro that can accommodate sugar cane growth, without destroying vital natural resources. Hoima Sugar Works should cease from threatening Bugoma Central Forest Reserve eco-system and should desist from using local institutions and leaders to push forward its interests.
- The Government of Uganda should come in and immediately intervene to reassure the protection of Bugoma forest as well as reassure the investment in eco-tourism and in accommodation in the area.
- The Government of Uganda should urge Ugandans to respect the international conventions and protocols on environmental conservation to which the country is a signatory.
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