ABOUT FRIENDS OF ZOKA
Friends of Zoka (FoZ) is a social community group started by some community members in Adjumani District concerned with degradation of the forest and the main objective is to provide advocacy and lobbying on management of Zoka Central Forest Reserve and broader management of environmental challenges in Adjumani District.
Friends of Zoka (FOZ) aims at Advocating to promote the protection, preservation and conservation and sustainable management of the Zoka Central Forest Reserve and the bigger environment in Adjumani, West Nile and Uganda in recognition of the important role that forests play in promoting biodiversity, mitigating climate change, and supporting the livelihoods of local communities. FOZ succeeded in stopping the Ugandan government from seizing the Zoka Forest in 2016, and in the process, it established strong relationships with a larger base of community members who were similarly committed to protecting the forest from government and corporate takeover. This bedrock of community activism has served the community and cause well. Then, beginning in 2017, FOZ came to learn of a new threat to Zoka Forest: that illegal logging of high-value Afrizelia Africana trees was taking place inside the forest and across West Nile and the Northern region of Uganda.