Despite the inclusion of gender aspects in Uganda’s Forestry Policy, effective participation of women in decision-making processes remains scarce. Currently, women have no access by right and no control over productive resources such as forests. Dedicated roadmaps designed to address this issue are yet to be implemented or enforced.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), through the SPGS Phase III Project, has supported 30 key players in Uganda’s forestry sector- including timber traders, forest owners, managers, supervisors and trainers- to hone their skills in timber grading, pursuant of the ongoing development of Uganda’s timber grading standard.
Members of the Steering Committee of the Sawlog Production Grant Scheme (SPGS) Phase III Project have proposed some recommendations to promote sustainability of the commercial forestry sector in Uganda, while at the same time improving the environment and fostering economic growth. SPGS III is a Project of the Government of Uganda, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to support private sector investment in commercial tree planting.