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EU Delegates Visit Damaged Zoka Forest Reserve

The Deputy Premier told URN that the EU delegates are in the district to assess the magnitude of damage at Zoka Forest Central Reserve which is among Uganda`s largest tropical rain forest measuring about 1,259 hectares, in the South of Adjumani district.
A shea tree felled in the farm. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara

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The delegations of European Union in Uganda are in Adjumani district to assess the extent of damage at Zoka Central Forest Reserve which is among the country`s tropical rainforest.

The delegations arrived in the district on Wednesday and are being led by the First Deputy Prime Minister General Moses Ali.

 

Ali told URN that the EU delegates are in the district to assess the magnitude of damage at Zoka Forest Central Reserve which is among Uganda`s largest tropical rain forest measuring about 1,259 hectares, in the South of Adjumani district. 

The Deputy Prime Minister explained that the envoys will later hold a meeting with the Adjumani district leaders and the National Forestry Authority (NAF) to draft ways of protecting the forest from human activities.   

Ali decried the destruction of parts of Zoka Central Forest Reserve caused by over 1000 illegal lumbers who are using power saws to indiscriminately cut down trees for commercial purposes.

 

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On Monday, Robert Owiny the West Nile National Forestry Range Manager expressed concerns over the extensive destruction of Greenland in Adjumani district as well as Zoka Central Forest.

 

Owiny noted that there is a need for urgency to contain the massive destruction of forest covers to avoid looming adverse climate change.

 

Bazio Doreen the Adjumani district public relations officer said that the team will later this week discuss how to save the forest from degradation.

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