Bulletin Octomber 2007

The Ugandan Government is to drop plans that would have allowed a private company to grow sugar cane for biofuel production on a protected forest reserve. The decision was made quietly by Uganda’s Minister of Finance, Ezra Suruma during a trip abroad earlier this month. He said the government was committed to "conserving Mabira forest" and that other land would be found for sugar cane. The controversial proposal, which would have turned over 17,500 acres of the 74,000-acre Mabira forest to the Indian-owned Mehta Group, had caused alarm in environmental circles and stirred up racial tensions. Protected since 1932, the Mabira reserve acts as a vital catchment area for Lake Victoria, just eight miles south of the forest, and is home to more than 300 species of birds, 200 types of trees and nine different primates. Read full article in the British Guardian Newspaper (Monday October 29, 2007 by Xan Rice): Read more here>>>>>