Mabira forest is not the only case where sellouts to corporations threaten the nature of Uganda.
From New Vision in Uganda:
Uganda: Twenty-One River Nile Islands Sold
New Vision (Kampala)
11 May 2007
Posted to the web 14 May 2007
THE National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is disputing the lease of 21 islands in the Nile River to a private company.
Adrift, a company involved in whitewater rafting, acquired the islands for 49 years from the Kayunga district land board.
But the Government watchdog on environment is seeking to have the lease titles cancelled.
NEMA wants the islands to be protected for ecological reasons.
It proposes that two of the 21 islands, at Kalagala and Itanda, be gazetted as part of the nearby Kalagala forest reserve.
The 21 islands cover over 100 hectares. They range from less than one hectare to 30 hectares.
“The river islands are ecologically sensitive areas and it is in everybody’s interest to protect them,” said Patrick Musazi, the Kayunga district environment officer.
“We believe that exclusive ownership would undermine the public’s interest. We don’t want to block development.
We can authorise certain interventions provided they are not destructive and can be monitored,” he added.
NEMA has stopped Adrift from building a multi-million dollar hotel on Kalagala, pending approval of the environmental impact assessment study.
Among the many animals there is the hippopotamus.
Anthrax kills 82 hippos, 9 buffalo in Uganda: here.