Photo Of the Day:Charcoal Burning
CLIMATE CHANGE: Women ferry sacks of charcoal to Kotido town for sell. According to the National Forest Authority (NFA), more than 73,000 hectares of private forest are cleared every year across the country and over 7,000ha of protected forest reserves are destroyed annually for timber and charcoal. Without a viable alternative source of energy, it is clear that charcoal and wood fuel will remain the dominant sources of energy for a long haul.
An estimated 95 percent of Ugandans depend on charcoal and wood for cooking. Moreover, Uganda’s rapid population growth, coupled with rapid urbanization, has increased the demand for energy, especially cooking fuel.