Schultz Environment Blog

Environment in a broad sense,transports and energy issues. From my local point of view with a global touch!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Ecotourism is now Uganda’s second largest foreign exchange earner!
The fate of Mabira Forest Reserve –home to 30% of bird species found in Uganda- continues to hang in the balance as President Museveni and some elements of the Ugandan government attempt to hand over a quarter of its area for sugarcane cultivation. BirdLife International and NatureUganda (BirdLife in Uganda) continue to argue that the economic benefits of retaining Mabira in its present form will easily exceed the ‘short-sighted’ gains quoted by the government in the proposed forest ‘give-away’. Uganda ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1993 and has a fairly good track record in upholding the treaty so far. Let us see if the government will withstand the pressure from the sugar company, the Metha group. There is a lot of sugarcane cultivation in the world now and Uganda has the lowest yield of sugarcane per hectare compared to other countries in Africa.


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