By George Busiinge
Residents neighboring Bugoma Central Forest Reserve are to be paid to help in the management of the reserve from illegal activities.
This was disclosed by Joshua Rukundo, the executive director Chimpanzee Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Trust at Kijungu Hill Hotel recently.
Rukundo said the two year Watershed Payment project funded by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund will first benefit 70 families from four villages of Kisindi, Kikonda 2, Ndongo and Nyanseke in Kabwoya sub-county Hoima.
Under the pilot project, each family will receive sh133000 annually as an incentive to take part in the promotion, protection and conservation of water catchment areas around Buigome forest such as Rutoha River among others.
Rukundo says the residents will also be supported with water harvesting tools like tanks, offer solar energy to villagechairpersons and also support modern farming methods.
Jozelyne Nyagoma, the Hoima district senior environmental officer challenged the residents to embrace the project adding that project is going to address the challenge of deforestation and waters source depletion.