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Zoka Forest is a natural tropical rain forest which is uniquely located as the only Tropical high forest (THF), Woodland, and Savanah in the Northern part of Uganda. With rich biodiversity of flora and fauna a potential tourism attraction site, the forest reserve has been threatened by illegal timber exploitation, encroachment as well as human settlement and agriculture. Zoka forest faces the risk of extinction if the current plunder of the forest by alleged government officials and communities is not combated. The increased destruction of Zoka Forest has led to loss of ecological services in Adjumani District that impact adversely on the livelihood of local communities. Consequently, there is increased degradation of environment in form of reduction of tree cover, increased water stress, declining soil fertility and loss of biodiversity. This in turn disrupts local livelihoods causing food insecurity, poor health for especially women and girls as they have to commute for long distances looking for firewood, water and food. FoZ currently serves as the lead partner in environmental advocacy in Uganda.
Globally, the organization would equivocally be relevant since these are the same themes that contribute to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. This strategy would contribute to six Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3 “Good health and well-being”; SDG 6 “Clean water and sanitation;” SDG 7 “Affordable and clean energy;” SDG 13 “Climate Action;” SDG 15 “Life on Land;” SDG 16 “Peace and Justice Strong Institutions.”