TOTALENERGIES EP UGANDA PARTNERS WITH NFA TO CONSERVE UGANDA’S LARGEST CENTRAL FOREST RESERVE
Kampala, June 16, 2023 – TotalEnergies EP Uganda has today signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Forestry Authority (NFA) to conserve Uganda’s Largest Central Forest Reserve Budongo, which is also home to an estimated 600-800 Chimpanzees and the largest mahogany forest in East Africa.
This five-year commitment marks the start of a partnership to enhance the understanding of Budongo Central Forest Reserve, raise awareness of its immense biodiversity value and support NFA in its strategic objectives to improve management of central forest reserves.
Speaking at the signing of the MoU and on behalf of the General Manager, TotalEnergies’ , EP Uganda, Mrs. Mariam Nampeera Mbowa, the Deputy General Manager, TotalEnergies EP Uganda said the Company aims to achieve positive outcomes for biodiversity and communities by working with the NFA and other partners to support community forest management groups, boost effective management by developing a Forest Management Plan that will enhance the extent and quality of tropical high forest within Budongo.
“TotalEnergies EP Uganda has already launched various initiatives under the Tilenga Biodiversity Program including working with NGOs to restore forest corridors between Budongo and Bugoma, as well as education and awareness raising aligned to the conservation of chimpanzees and forests. We are therefore committed to conserving this national treasure,” she noted.
This agreement will also guide the collaboration between NFA and TEPU in further developing interventions that will be implemented under the Forest Pillar of the Tilenga Biodiversity Program. The Company will also support the Authority’s Forest conservation efforts through joint patrols using SMART technologies.
About TotalEnergies in Uganda
TotalEnergies has been present in Uganda since 1955 through its marketing operations and has more 200 stations countrywide. TotalEnergies EP Uganda is an upstream affiliate which is leading the development activities towards production in the Tilenga project area - Contract Area 1 (CA-1) and Licence Area 2 North (LA-2N) within the Albertine Region.
TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our more than 100,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.
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