NFA Statutory Documents
An Act to provide for the conservation, sustainable management and development of forests for the benefit of the people of Uganda; to provide for the declaration of forest reserves for purposes of protection and production of forests and forest produce.
1) THE NATIONAL FORESTRY AND TREE PLANTING ACT, 2003.
The National Forestry & Tree Planting Act.
2) Forestry PolicyUganda's first Forestry Policy was written in 1929. Forestry policy has undergone a series of changes since then, alternating between stricter conservation on the one hand and more liberal economic use of forest resources on the other hand. The last policy review was in 1988, but this contained limited guidance on principles and strategies for implementation, on forestry outside the gazetted reserves, and on the balance between production and conservation. It was also silent on the roles of government, the private sector and rural communities in forestry, and the linkages with other sectors and land uses.
The Forestry Policy
3) National Forestry Business PlanThe National Forestry Authority is mandated to manage 1.2 million hectares of forestland in Central Forest Reserves. This is 64%of Uganda’s permanent forest estate which was reserved for providing forest products and ensure that public goods like protecting river banks, lakeshores, water catchments and steep slopes, conserving biodiversity, mitigating the effects of climate change and providing amenity and recreation services are delivered to the people of Uganda and the international community. The National Forestry Business Plan
4) National Forestry PlanThe Uganda Forestry Policy (2001) offers the needed guide and identifies the various categories of stakeholders that will contribute to the development of forestry in Uganda. A participatory, cross-sectoral approach will always be promoted to enable the contribution of the government and non-governmental organisations and institutions in the development of the forest sector. The private sector is increasingly playing an important role in promoting forestry, and an enabling environment will be created to enhance their performance. The National Forestry Plan
Uganda is facing an alarming deforestation rate. Between 1990 and 2015, forest cover declined from nearly one quarter to less than one tenth of the country’s land area1. Over the last 25 years, Uganda has lost about 60% of its standing forests and, on average, over 100,000 hectares of forest are currently being lost annually. Uganda’s forests hold critical biodiversity and are central to the country’s economy and people’s livelihoods, especially the 80% of the population living in rural areas and relying on rain-fed agriculture and natural resource utilisation.