The Goal of the present cross-sectoral National Forest Plan (NFP) is formulated as follows: “An integrated forest sector that achieves sustainable increases in economic, social and environmental benefits from forests and trees by all the people of Uganda, especially the poor and vulnerable”.The objectives of the NFP are: 1) To raise the incomes and quality of life of poor people through forestry developments, targeting sustainable livelihoods amongst small-scale, mainly rural stakeholders, with strategies based on-farm, in natural forests or off-farm; 2) To increase economic productivity and employment in forest industries, targeting large-scale, commercial investors, with strategies based mainly on plantation forestry and wood processing; 3) To achieve sustainable forest resource management, targeting local, district, national and international interests in biodiversity and environmental conservation. These objectives relate to four Pillars set out in Part : Economic growth and employment (I); Good Governance (II); Incomes (III); Quality of life (IV).In particular, seven programmes of activities have been identified in order to achieve the Forestry Plan’s objectives: Programme 1: Enabling Institutions - Ministry of Water, Lands and Environment (MWLE) effectively co-ordinates, guides and supervises the sector’s development; Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) effectively supports biomass energy conservation; Civil society voice strengthened in the forest sector. Programme 2: National Agencies - The National Forestry Authority, Uganda Wildlife Authority and local governments develop effective investments and partnerships for the management of the Permanent Forest Estate (PFE). Programme 3: District Forestry Services - Local governments, service providers and farmers organise improved forestry support services. Programme 4: Private Sector Development - The private sector develops efficient and profitable commercial forestry businesses. Programme 5: Urban Forestry Urban authorities ensure increased tree growing in urban areas. Programme 6: Forestry - Research Research institutions meet the needs of forestry producers and users for new information and technologies. Programme 7: Forestry Education - Education and training institutions enhance professional and vocational forestry skills and knowledge.Part 4.5 establishes that the target beneficiaries of this Plan are the large cross-section of Ugandans who are dependent on forest resources for their livelihoods. While particular focus is given to the poorest and most vulnerable, and to providing services and enabling conditions for enhancing their livelihoods, attention is also given to larger scale business development that will create employment and wider economic growth.Part 6 outlines the institutional framework and in particular the bodies and institutions responsible for the implementation of this Forestry Plan. First and foremost, it is incumbent upon the Ministry of Water, Lands and Environment to enforce the present Plan, but also to local government services, as well as the private sector, including forest owners, farmers and other investors, communities, forest industries, and traders.The text consists of 8 Parts as follows: Background to the NFP (1); Overview of the forest sector (2); New directions for development (3); NFP vision and objectives (4); NFP policies and strategies (5); NFP institutional framework (6); NFP programmes and budget (7); Measuring the impacts of the NFP (8). Two Annexes are enclosed.
Implements: Uganda Forestry Policy 2001. (2001)
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