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New Forests in Uganda


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
Name of conflict:New Forests in Uganda
(municipality or city/town)Districts of Kiboga and Mubende
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Biomass and Land Conflicts (Forests, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Management)
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Plantation conflicts (incl. Pulp
Specific commodities:
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

,000 ha of land licensed to New Forests for timber plantations

Project area:2000
Level of Investment:21,700,000
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2005
Company names or state enterprises:New Forests Company
Relevant government actors:Uganda 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 Finance 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 organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Uganda Land Alliance, Oxfam International, Grow
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
International ejos
Local ejos
Forms of mobilization:Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Impacts of the project
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-economical 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
Project StatusUnknown
Development of alternatives:NFC 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 to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

The new Forests Company and its Uganda Plantations
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Contributor:Teresa Perez
Last update08/04/2014