Monday, November 18, 2002

CHIMPANZEE HABITAT ILLEGALLY LOGGED

Budongo Plunder

Kampala, Nov 18, 2002 (New Vision/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) -- A new report released by a British researcher, Benjamin Singer, on Budongo forest is a bombshell. "Some of the foresters are collaborators in these illegal activities and it is done right from Forestry Department headquarters, not here in Masindi," the report says....

Conservationists fear that the excessive logging of Mahogany will have damaging consequences on endangered species....

Why is Budongo a big deal? Birdlife International recently declared it an important bird area and the World Wide Fund for Nature classified it among one of the 200 most valuable ecological regions worldwide, says Singer.

It also harbours over 300 bird species, 600 chimpanzees and 866 plant species, 419 butterflies and moths. But illegal logging, charcoal burning and encroachment threaten it.