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Uganda to Deploy Soldiers to Protect Forests

Intensified efforts to promote forest conservation
18 November 2008

Forest Mount Elgon National Park, photo: Eric van de Giessen, December 2003The Ugandan government has announced intensified efforts to promote forest conservation with the latest move being a plan to deploy soldiers in forests to stop illegal forest exploitation. The Minister of Water and Environment, Maria Mutagamba says that her ministry has finalized talks with the security agencies to provide security operatives.
Deforestation has worsened in Uganda by the absence of forest rangers who can protect forests from encroachment and over-exploitation for timber and charcoal. Therefore soldiers will now be deployed across the country to curtail such illegal activities.

source Uganda Government News

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