The other side of carbon trading

Planting trees in Uganda to offset greenhouse-gas emissions in Europe seemed like a good idea - until farmers were evicted from their land to make room for a forest. Photographs by Francesco Zizola.



In 1993 the Ugandan government declared Mount Elgon a national park and forcibly evicted the indigenous people living within its boundaries. According to an investigation by a Kampala-based NGO, Climate and Development Initiatives (CDI), UWA rangers did not hesitate to use force. In 2002, UWA evicted another 300 families. One indigenous group, the Benet people, is now suing UWA for the return of their land.

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