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Lessons learned from citizen activism in Uganda: saving Mabira forest

Bashir Twesigye

Journal article

In August 2006, the Ugandan Cabinet proposed to give away 7,100 of the 30,000 hectares of Mabira forest to the Mehta group of companies – producers of sugar – to expand their sugar plantation acreage. Government should not have been surprised at the forcefulness of the public outcry against the proposal. New laws and new sentiments had generated a greater public awareness of the value of Uganda’s eco-systems, particularly its forests. This successful campaign presents lessons and tactics in approaching the broader issue of governance through an environmental lens.

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  • IIED code: G02369
  • Published: Jul 2008 - SAIIA
  • Area: Uganda
  • Theme: Forests
  • Source pub: SAIIA Occasional paper series. Number 7, July 2008.
  • Language: English

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