Prior to registration or at the time of certificate renewal, the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) has given all timber-processing companies the task of identifying their sustainable sources of wood.
The new rule is intended to strengthen national efforts to restore the environment and national forest cover.
“Nema hereby informs the general public that effective September 6, 2022, applications for approval of timber processing factories will require proof of sustainable source of supply of raw materials,” the letter written by Mr Barirega Akankwasa the Executive Director of Nema, reads.
According to the Nema senior public relations officer, Mr Tony Achidria, the wood must be harvested from authorised firms and each company should own a sustainable source of wood.
He said: “Uganda has registered an increase in forest cover for the last two years by 3 percent, so we want to maintain this progress by ensuring that the factories are not poaching on wood in the forested protected areas.”
In May Uganda pledged to restore 2.5 million hectares of degraded land by 2030 during 2014 Climate Change Summit.
Forests and biodiversity are being destroyed by the nation’s booming charcoal business, and if deforestation persists, Uganda will have lost all of its forest cover by 2050.