Ed's Welcome Message
Welcome to our Website.
It is coming to 10 years since NFA took over management of the 506 Central Forest Reserves (CFRs) in the Country on behalf Central Government. NFA has a mandate to manage Central Forest Reserves on a sustainable basis and supply high quality seedlings and forestry-related products and services to Local Government, communities and Private sector.
Over the years, NFA has designed varied strategies to enable it deliver on its mandate as spelt out above. Corporate Partnerships and Collaborative Forestry Management are some of the most significant strategies that NFA is focusing on for sustainable management of Central Forest Reserves in Uganda. We have embraced a number of corporate partnerships in tree planting for the restoration of the degraded reserves. We have also developed community partnerships in the conservation and protection of the forests adding hugely to the sustainable management and restoration of CFRs.
We would like to salute all corporate entities and Communities that have supported NFA in different ways throughout the management and conservation of Central Forest Reserves. Through the corporate tree planting partnerships we have been able to restore degraded forest cover in a number of Central Forest Reserves. This is an enormous indicator of public willingness to Partner with NFA in the management of Central Forest Reserves.
On another note, the Community tree planting program 2009-2014 is another program which has successfully encouraged tree planting in communities all over the country. With support from the Government of Uganda, NFA under this program raises seedlings and supplies them to community based organized groups, community leaders, cultural institutions, individuals and other public institutions like hospitals and schools and many trees have been planted through this programme.
As an Authority we are also promoting Eco-tourism, a relatively new concept in our approach to forestry management, but one with immense potential for conservation efforts and revenue generation. We have therefore undertaken deliberate efforts to map out site with potential for Eco-tourism within our CFRs. The next step is to scale up development of infrastructure and tourist facilities at these sites to attract visitors to these natural and pristine areas. With the potential to offer unique experiences to visitors we are convinced that eco tourism will enhance our efforts to conserve forests and improve the well being of the local people.
I would also like to extend my gratitude to all stakeholders who have raised the profile of issues in the forestry and the environmental sectors as a whole. The efforts they have put in have raised a great deal of public interest and a sense of responsibility and love for the Forestry Sector. As we are continue with efforts to improve the management of Central Forest Reserves, we call for more public and corporate partnerships to mitigate the negative effects of poor forest resource utilization for the common good.
National Forestry Authority
Forests For Prosperity.