New Forests Company and plantation, Uganda


An Oxfam report alleged that up to 22,500 people were evicted from their land in Kiboga and Mubende districts by the Ugandan National Forestry Authority to make way for the NFC plantation, with Oxfams work with the communities concluding that many have been left destitute (Grainger and Geary 2011). Testimonies from villagers suggest that no consultations were undertaken prior to eviction, and that some people were even violently forced from their land (Institute for Security Studies, 2011).

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Basic Data
NameNew Forests Company and plantation, Uganda
ProvinceCentral Uganda
SiteKiboga and Mubede districts
Accuracy of LocationLOW country/state level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Biomass and Land Conflicts (Forests, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Management)
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Land acquisition conflicts
Plantation conflicts (incl. Pulp
Specific CommoditiesLand

Carbon offsets
Project Details and Actors
Project Area (in hectares)6500
Type of PopulationRural
Start Date2005
Company Names or State EnterprisesNew Forests Company
Relevant government actorsUgandan National Forestry Authority
International and Financial InstitutionsEuropean Investment Bank (EIB)
Corporación financiera Internacional (CFI)
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersOxfam
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LATENT (no visible organising at the moment)
When did the mobilization beginUNKNOWN
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Social movements
Forms of MobilizationDevelopment of a network/collective action
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil erosion, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsPotential: Occupational disease and accidents
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Land dispossession
Project StatusIn operation
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.No data on success of campaign.
Sources and Materials

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New Forest Companys reply to Oxfam
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CDM Africa
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Redd Monitor
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The NYT, In Scramble for Land, Group Says, Company Pushed Ugandans Out
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FCS watch
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Media Links

Oxfam calls on the New Forests Company to investigate Uganda land grabs
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ContributorPatrick Bond
Last update08/04/2014