The Uganda Forestry Working Group (UFWG) is a membership network and as such, functions through established structures and processes.
Over the years of its operations, UFWG delights in multi-stakeholder participation engaging a wide section of stakeholders at both local and national levels to address issues of management, policy and governance in the forest sector at both local and national levels but also partnering with regional networks on the same.
By 2013, UFWG members totaled to 165 comprising of the following broad categories:
- Organizations: civil society organizations, academic and research institutions engaged in the development and management of forestry resources in Uganda at Grassroots, District and National level. Academia include Makerere University, School of Forestry, Environment and Geographical sciences under College of Environment and Agricultural Studies; and Nyabyeya Forestry College. Research institutions include National Forestry Resources Research Institute (NAFORRI).
- Networks: National Forestry related networks and Forest Resource users’ associations such as Uganda Network for Collaborative Forest Associations (UNETCOFA) comprising of over 600 forest adjacent community based associations; the Uganda Forest Governance Learning Group (UFGLG) and Uganda Forest Association (UFA)
- Individuals: experts interested or actively engaged in promoting sustainable forestry resources management in Uganda and those engaged in other disciplines that have either positive or negative impact on forestry.
- Private sector (Timber growers): Sawlog Grant Production Scheme (SPGS), Uganda Timber Growers Association (UTGA) are key member given its role in increasing forest cover across the country.
- Government: Currently Government is represented by Forest Sector Support Department (FSSD), although not yet a fully mandated member of the Network