Bugoma forest reserve is one of the popular forests in Uganda that have been under immense contention. Part of the forest had been taken over for sugarcane planting but earlier this year, the land was restored for forestry.

Yesterday on the 15th of December 2022, the Kikuube district council approved the proposal to upgrade the Bugoma forest reserve to national park status. Among the stakeholders who were present included the Uganda wildlife Authority, and the ministry of tourism, wildlife, and antiquities among other stakeholders.

The ceremony was partly funded by Jane Goodall Insititute. Bugoma forest reserve is one of the few places in Uganda where you can find chimpanzees.

Among the reasons why the proposal was supported included; the development of domestic tourism, illegal logging, the impact of sugarcane growing, encroachment on the land, increased logging in the forest, the impact of oil and gas business opportunities, etc

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