The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the National Forest Authority (NFA) launched the Uganda Natural Resources Information System (NARIS) designed to monitor and arbitrate deforestation across Uganda and protect the country’s forests and biodiversity.
The system is accessible to government agencies, the private sector and other key stakeholders in the forest and environmental sectors, serving to forecast future trends in forest cover, generate support for the prevention and mitigation of deforestation.
“The Uganda Natural Resources Information System (NARIS) is very timely as it will not only help our field team to obtain real-time data on the state of the forests, but it can also be used to monitor other parameters such as the movements of people and their activities. NPA Executive Director Tom Okello said.
Forests are home to over 80% of all terrestrial wild fauna and flora in Uganda, while providing 90% of Uganda’s energy needs, generating 61% of the country’s tourism income and providing employment for an estimated 1 million of people.
Forests also provide vital ecosystem services and resources essential for social and economic development, but rapid population growth, demand for agricultural land and infrastructure development, as well as the demand for forest products, are straining forests. Ugandan women.
According to the Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda’s forest cover increased from 24% in 1990 to 12.4% in 2017. If deforestation continues at the current rate, Uganda is at risk of losing its forests by 2033.
“Uganda’s environmental, economic and social well-being is closely linked to the benefits of healthy forests. Deforestation has the potential to threaten this delicate balance by exacerbating climate change and reducing biodiversity. reverse Uganda’s development trajectory, ”said UNDP Resident Representative Elsie Attafuah.