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WWF-Uganda Hosts Second Greater Virunga Landscape Stakeholders Forum

World Wide Fund for Nature-Uganda Country Office (WWF-UCO) was privileged to host the second Great Virunga Landscape Stakeholders Meeting held at Tuzza Hotel- Bushenyi last month.

The meeting aimed at strengthening the capacity of Timber Traders Associations to deal in legal timber trade and adopt efficient timber production technologies.
Participants included representatives of the recently formed Timber Growers Associations and Timber Traders Associations from the districts of Rubirizi, Mittoma, Rukungiri and Kasese. Others were representatives from the South Western Range National Forestry Authority (SWR-NFA), Community Conservation Wardens from Queen Elizabeth and Rwenzori Mountain National Parks, the Private Sector including New Forest Company, Green Resources and Global Woods and Fair Ventures World Wide 
The meeting focused on Validation of Forestry and Landscape Restoration (FLR) strategy and strengthening the FLR business and Environmental arguments among Great Virunga Landscape (GVL) partners.
According to the Biodiversity & Markets Transformation Manager at WWF in Uganda, George Sikoyo, the meeting was engaging and participatory.
“WWF International, WWF Germany and WWF Uganda shared updates on forest landscape restoration model for the Greater Virunga Landscape. We also shared lessons and experiences on out grower schemes from timber and other sectors like tea and sugar which could inform the development of an effective timber out grower schemes in the FLR programmme,” he said.
A new model for the FLR programme was discussed and this will comprise of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with a processing and value addition facility with timber growers’ associations/cooperatives at district level as bedrock to supply raw materials (timber/round wood). The niche for this model will be established once a feasibility study has been conducted