Environmental Alert, (EA) with support from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Uganda Office undertook a project titled “Towards Pro-Poor REDD+ (Phase II)” in Northern Uganda. Through this project, EA collaborated with the National Forestry Authority to sensitize communities living adjacent to Lalak and Agoro-Agu Central Forest Reserves on the co-management of the forest resources through Concept of Collaborative Forest Management (CFM) as provided for in the National Forestry and Tree Planting Act (2003). The achieved collaboration between NFA and the community groups will reduce conflicts between NFA and forest-adjacent communities since a fair deal – in terms of distribution of benefits, responsibilities, and decision-making authority in management of forests has been established, it will also enable sharing of knowledge and skills between both the Responsible Body and the communities and finally, it will create a sense of “ownership” of local people over forest resources.
The signing of CFM agreements took place on the 29th and 30th of August, 2017 for Mar-yen and Katum CFM groups respectively between NFA and the two respective community groups. This signing was witnessed by; the Lamwo District technical and political leaders, Sub county leaders, Agoro-Agu landscape platform, EA, IUCN, the local communities among others.