TotalEnergies Uganda has partnered with National Forestry Authority (NFA) to conserve Uganda’s largest central forest reserve, Budongo Forest.
TotalEnergies said the five-year MOU with NFA will help raise awareness of Budongo’s immense biodiversity value. It will also support NFA in its strategic objectives to improve the management of central forest reserves.
Speaking during the signing of the MOU, Mariam Nampeera Mbowa, the Deputy General Manager of TotalEnergies, said they are developing a Forest Management Plan.
This plan will enhance the extent and quality of the tropical high forest within Budongo.
“The Company aims to achieve positive outcomes for biodiversity & communities by working with NFA & other partners to support community forest management groups,” Nampeera said.
Budongo is home to an estimated 600-800 Chimpanzees and the largest mahogany forest in East Africa.
Okello Tom Obong, the Executive Director of NFA, said the MOU will help strengthen forest management.
“We embrace this partnership as one of our collaborative approaches to the sustainable management of forest reserves. Budongo and other forests are habitats for a vast array of wildlife,” he said.