Background

The Agoro-Agu forest landscape falls within the Agoro-Agu Sector that covers 17 central forest reserves – in Aswa river range.

Amongst these is the Agoro-Agu Central Forest Reserve (CFR) located along the border between Uganda and Southern Sudan, at 30 40-30 53N and 320 42-330 4E, and an altitude ranging between 110-2700 M above sea level. The forest reserve covers a total of 26,508 Ha. It was gazetted in 1937, as a natural forest for biodiversity conservation. It also hosts other reserves such as Lalak Central forest reserves as well as the Agoro Agu hills which are cross boundary resources between Uganda and South-Sudan, encompassing districts of Lamwo and Kitgum.

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The existence of the undulating hills, swamps and valleys, the rich biodiversity (including Bamboo and cycad plat, which is threated species), with glamorous streams and rivers (i.e. Okura and Aringo streams and Aswa river range) and the interesting political historical sites (such as Uganda prison department, caves) of the past regimes presents the landscape with great tourism potential and hence should be developed and promoted as a tourism destination for revenue and income generation, which will benefit the community and the nation at large. The community settlements and farmlands are located in the lower areas of the landscape. The most important livelihood base for the community is the natural resources in the landscape. The landscape is under great threat of degradation from various unregulated and illegal activities (charcoal burning, lumbering, agriculture) within the forest reserves.

Some of the key stakeholders mapped that have a direct influence on the natural resources management in the Agoro-Agu landscape include the National Forest Authority (NFA), Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Lamwo and Kitgum District Local Governments, the Central Government, the Clan systems, NGOs, Village Savings and Loan Associations, Traders, and the Community.

The existence of the undulating hills, swamps and valleys, the rich biodiversity (including Bamboo and cycad plat, which is threated species), with glamorous streams and rivers (i.e. Okura and Aringo streams) and the interesting political historical sites (such as Uganda prison department, caves) of the past regimes presents the landscape with great tourism potential and hence should be developed and promoted as a tourism destination for revenue and income generation, which will benefit the community and the nation at large.

The community settlements and farmlands are located in the lower areas of the landscape. The most important livelihood base for the community is the natural resources in the landscape. Its remoteness and lack of infrastructure are some of the key factors that are hindering its progress. The landscape is under great threat of degradation from various unregulated and illegal activities (charcoal burning, lumbering, agriculture) within the forest reserves.

The key stakeholders mapped that have a direct influence on the natural resources management in the Agoro-Agu landscape include the National Forest Authority, the local government, the central government, the Clan systems, NGOs, Village Savings and Loan Associations, Traders, and the Community.

Further information about the landscape is available in the Socio Economic Baseline Report (IUCN, 2015).

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COLLABORATIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT FOR PART OF LALAK CENTRAL F'OREST RESERVE AND AGORO-AGU CENTRAL FOREST RESERVE

These are agreernents are for collaborative management of part Agoro- Agu central forest reserve situated in Lamwo district, and Lalak central forest reserve situated in Lamwo district. These were prepared jointly by National Forest Authority (NFA) and MAR-YEN CFM GROUP (MCFMG), and also by National Forest Authority (NFA) and KATUM CFM GROUP (KCFMG).

The Vision is to have a restored and conserved Central Forest Reserves for improved livelihood of entire community bv 2040.

Objectives

  • To restore and conserve the degrades areas in CFR
  • To promote alternative ways of livelihood for the community
  • To promote eco-tourism in the Central Forest Reserve.
  • To enhance the management Capacity of CBO

AGREEMENTS

Katum CFM Group Agreement - Download

Mar-yen CFM Group Agreement - Download