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Uganda’s Cage Fish Farms Restore Fish Populations, Raise Water Quality Concerns

Region: Uganda

Topics: EarthEconomyEnvironmentJobsWater

On Uganda’s Lake Victoria, cage fish farms take the guesswork out of fishing, as farmers feed fish in controlled areas – which makes them easy to harvest. But as the popularity of fish farming grows, residents worry about its effect on local water.

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In Uganda, Refugees Gathering Firewood Spark Deforestation Concerns

Region: Uganda

Topics: EnvironmentHuman Migration

In the last 30 years, over half of Uganda’s forest cover has been wiped out. Are refugees to blame?

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Ugandan Scientists Join Forces with Community to Collect Urine, Combat Soil Infertility

Region: Uganda

Topics: AgricultureAutonomyEnvironment

The Ugandan economy relies on agriculture, but widespread soil infertility threatens the future of farming. Now, an organization of scientists has an unlikely solution – and it’s joining forces with the community to put it to the test.

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Can Plastic Bags Be Banned? Uganda’s Schools Say ‘Yes,’ But History Says Otherwise

Region: Uganda

Topics: Environment

Uganda has enacted several plastic bag bans over the last 12 years, but inadequate implementation and opposition from manufacturers has limited their success. Now, the government is trying something new – a ban on plastic bags in schools.

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Hundreds of Ugandans Still Homeless After Devastating Mudslide

Region: Uganda

Topics: EnvironmentHuman Rights

On Oct. 11, a mudslide destroyed homes and businesses and killed 45 people here. Now homeless and living in tents, residents of Bududa are starting to receive government assistance.

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In One Ugandan Village, Residents Grapple With Marauding Monkeys

Region: Uganda

Topics: Environment

As urbanization in Uganda grows, monkeys are being forced out of their natural habitats and are moving into human territory to search for food. Now, many residents are struggling to come to terms with the primate invasion.

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Traditional Kingdom in Uganda Fights for Control of Protected Forest

Region: Uganda

Topics: Environment

The leader of the Bunyoro Kingdom leased thousands of hectares of forest land in the kingdom’s traditional land base to a sugar company – a move members of the kingdom say will help ease their poverty. But environmentalists say the kingdom has no right to lease the land, which is part of a protested forest.

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Illegal but Lucrative, Farming in Uganda’s Wetlands Yields Plenty, for Now

Region: Uganda

Topics: AgricultureEnvironment

Uganda’s fragile wetlands are government property, protected by environmental laws, but that hasn’t stopped farmers from living and growing crops on the land. The fertile land may seem irresistible, but this bounty can’t last, environmental officials warn.

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Q&A: Uganda’s Opaque Stance on Oil Exploration Must Change, Lawyer Says

Region: Uganda

Topics: BusinessEnvironmentPolitics

Local governments will have a right to compensation from the revenue, and citizens will be entitled to seek redress for a polluted environment, says lawyer Patson Wilbroad Arinaitwe. He stresses the importance of regular environmental audits by the government and urges a requirement that companies monitor themselves, though the nation lacks a culture of enforcement and compliance.

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To Combat Climate Change, Ugandan Farmers Adopt Smart Farming Techniques

Region: Uganda

Topics: Environment

Agriculture remains the most common job and primary income for most Ugandans, though climate change—exemplified in the 2016 drought that devastated crops and livestock—is challenging traditional farming techniques. The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries has for years been training farmers in a variety of techniques to battle drought and erosion while increasing yields, and these trained farmers are now passing on their know-how to their compatriots.

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