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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
Name of conflict:New Forests Company and plantation, Uganda
State or province:Central Uganda
Location of conflict:Kiboga and Mubede districts
Accuracy of locationLOW (Country 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 commodities:Land
Carbon offsets
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Project area:6500
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2005
Company names or state enterprises:New Forests Company
Relevant government actors:Ugandan National Forestry Authority
International and Finance InstitutionsEuropean Investment Bank (EIB)
Corporación financiera Internacional (CFI)
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Oxfam
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLATENT (no visible organising at the moment)
Reaction stageUnknown
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Social movements
Forms of mobilization:Development 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-economical ImpactsPotential: Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Land dispossession
Project StatusIn operation
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:No data on success of campaign.
Sources & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

New Forest Companys reply to Oxfam
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

The NYT, In Scramble for Land, Group Says, Company Pushed Ugandans Out
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FCS watch
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CDM Africa
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Redd Monitor
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

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