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Uganda has already lost more than two-thirds of its forests in the last 40 years and could have lost all of its forested land by 2050, which would have severe consequences for its poorest people Deforestation has already seen Uganda's 5 million hectares (12.3 million acres) of forest in 1990 dwindle to 3.0 million by 2015. Now the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has warned that if deforestation continues in Uganda at its present rate there will be no forests left in 35 years, if the situation is not revered. This is accelerated by deforestation to expanding farmland, a population boom and increasing urbanisation, many schools and poor families too have lost their land to rich individuals and companies. Unless the situation is reversed, the knock-on effect will be catastrophic, contributing to and exacerbating soil degradation, declining food security, disease, poverty and conflict. "In 35 years’ time, if the current rate of deforestation continues, the per capital forest cover will be zero because already we are tending towards desertification-type conditions" , NEMA. Desertification due to deforestation is likely to "tamper with the country's food security because rainfall will be erratic, floods rampant" The water sources will disappear, water catchment areas will dwindle, agricultural productivity will be badly hit and livelihoods destroyed as a result. Disease will also inevitably increase. The situation is being blamed partly on Uganda's booming population, which is growing at a rate of 3.2% per annum. Areas around the capital, Kampala, Jinja, have lost more than 78% of forest land since 1990. NEMA also say that as only 10% of Uganda's population has access to electricity and 89% of rural Ugandans use firewood to cook it will be an uphill struggle to reverse this alarming trend.
It is upon this background that the Land, Environment and Development Concerns (LEDEC) based in Jinja Uganda E. Africa is coming up with the Green Schools and Communities’ Challenge (GSCOC) to contribute to addressing this Challenge affecting schools and communities in Uganda to all it’s human beings, plants, animals, birds, water, space, reptiles, among others. Please, Join me by contributing any amount of money to buy tree seedlings, land, preserve the existing forests and schools and poor families. We appeal to a support of USD 50,000 to enable plant trees, buy land for establishing green spaces, raise awareness and build the capacity of Civil Society Organizations, government departments, schools, religious and cultural institutions, corporate companies to join the cause.