19 March 2005

Uganda: Forests Contribute $190m to Livelihood

Kampala — FORESTS contribute $190m (sh332.3b) to people's livelihoods nation-wide, a study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and National Forest Authority has established.

"Average annual incomes from forests are between 8% and 35% of annual incomes to households," the study said.

The study titled, The value of Uganda forests; a livelihood and eco-system approach, was launched in October 2004.

According to the study, the economic value including all marketable and non-marketable values of Ugandan forests is about sh593.24b, which is 5.2% of the gross domestic product.

Forests cover 4.9m hectares, which is 24% of Uganda's land.

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