LAND USE CHANGE IN UGANDA’S DRYLANDS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS
William Olupot and Vincent Opolot
Nature and Livelihoods – Ugandan NGO

 

Abstract
Observations of land use change in Uganda’s drylands popularly known in Uganda as the “Cattle Corridor” over the last 5-10 years indicate shifts from sustainable to unsustainable practices. These include intensive grazing, widespread clearing of bushes in grazing lands, intensive production of commercial charcoal from trees on farmlands, and cropping of agriculturally marginal lands traditionally retained for livestock keeping, wood production, and collection of non-wood products. Many possibilities exist to sustain biodiversity on privately owned land through retention of traditional values. This paper will discuss how land use changes in Uganda are degrading biodiversity, and how intrinsic opportunities for sustainable land use in the country’s drylands are being lost through poor practices.

 

Presentation Topic

LAND USE CHANGE IN UGANDA’S DRYLANDS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS
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