New Forests in Uganda

Description

UK-based New Forests Company (NFC) was given a land license –for a total of 20,000 hectares- in 2005 by the Ugandan government.

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Basic Data
NameNew Forests in Uganda
CountryUganda
SiteDistricts of Kiboga and Mubende
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Biomass and Land Conflicts (Forests, Agriculture and Livestock Management)
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Plantation conflicts (incl. Pulp
Specific CommoditiesTimber
Project Details and Actors
Project Details,000 ha of land licensed to New Forests for timber plantations
Project Area (in hectares)2000
Level of Investment (in USD)21,700,000
Type of PopulationRural
Start Date2005
Company Names or State EnterprisesNew Forests Company
Relevant government actorsUganda Government, Ugandan National Forestry Authority, Ministry for Internal Affairs, Ministry for Water and Environment, the Ministry for Lands, and the Resident District Commissioner
International and Financial InstitutionsClean Development Mechanism Executive Board (CDM Executive Board)
European Investment Bank (EIB)
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
Agri-Vie Agribusiness Fund from South Africa
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersUganda Land Alliance, Oxfam International, Grow
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
International ejos
Local ejos
Forms of MobilizationCreation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Health ImpactsVisible: Malnutrition
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Increase in violence and crime, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors
Outcome
Project StatusUnknown
Development of AlternativesNFC and its financial backers must be held to account for the lost livelihoods and shattered lives of families evicted from the land they farmed / Communities demand fair compensation
Sources and Materials
References

The new Forests Company and its Uganda Plantations
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ContributorTeresa Perez
Last update08/04/2014
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