How satellite imagery can support forest resource governance in the DRC

By Linda Amanya

Land-use change in the Congo Basin. Source: Global Forest Watch

Orbital satellite imagery has changed the way humans view the world.

Before 1935, images of the earth were taken by sporadic suborbital space flights, sent out almost a decade apart. What orbital satellites did was replace these photos — taken approximately 1.5 seconds apart, with a seamless capture of every single moment across the globe.

The result of this became the ability to observe even the tiniest of changes, through space and time


By Annonciata Byukusenge

Since 2015, some women in Bugesera district in Rwanda have been engaged in the conservation of forests. Their activities and role in the Conservation of forests have attracted other women in the district raising the number from seventeen that started the project to one hundred and fifteen today.

Since March 2020 when COVID 19 broke out in the country, activities of these women for the conservation of forests have been greatly hampered given the need to respect COVID 19 barrier measures with the banning of mass gatherings. Only 5 women were added to the group in 2020.


Bugoma central forest reserve is a pristine, lush tropical forest found in the districts of Kikuube and Hoima.

By Fatuma Nakiwala

Bugoma central forest reserve is a pristine, lush tropical forest found in the districts of Kikuube and Hoima.

It measures 41,142 hectares (158 square miles) and it is among the five biggest tropical rain forests in Uganda by size and importance.

This natural forest is however now under threat of being wiped out as a result of encroachment of farmland, illegal logging and charcoal burning among others.

The most outstanding and emerging threat accelerating the degradation process of the forest reserve is from big business firms; Hoima Sugar Limited and MZ Agencies Limited.

This threat began when…


By Dicta Asiimwe

Officially, Uganda has not exported charcoal since 1987, when the country amended the External Trade Act, a 1953 law that makes provision for the regulation of export trade.

Tom Okurut, the Executive Director of Uganda’s National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)says framers of the External Trade Act included charcoal among items whose export was banned because the product is exhaustible and its exportation unsustainable.

An official in the Ministry of Water and Environment says Uganda’s charcoal ban law was later reinforced in 2004 when the East African Community (EAC) passed the Customs Management Act. …


By Minyem Nicole Ricci

For years, they have been deprived of the vast hectares of forests which were one of the most important assets of each of their villages, to the detriment of the careers created by foreign companies.

These latter, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Indian and others extract construction materials such as gravel and other sedimentary deposits.

State of play
The perception and credibility of participatory development, concepts that suggest the involvement of indigenous or local populations, as well as sustainable conservation projects often suffer from their confrontation with logging; Especially if the latter is uncontrolled.

In the Department of…


By Nyakerario Omari

This tweet shared by a Somalia news site claims to show photos of members of the Somali Federal Parliament in Shirkole, Somalia. In these photos, police in uniform and military vehicles can be spotted.

Background

On April 12, 2021, the Lower House of Parliament in Somalia voted to extend president Abdullahi Farmaajo’s term by two years. This move was contested by the opposition as it was termed as being unconstitutional.

General Sadiq Omar Hassan alias Sadaq John, Mogadishu’s regional police commander was fired for ordering police officers to block parliamentary proceedings. …


By Nyakerario Omari

This video shared as a tweet went up the internet on April 16, 2021, claiming to be a protest in Mogadishu.

Background

Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo was elected on February 8, 2017, in a tightly guarded airport complex. His term ended on February 8, 2021. However, the lower house of parliament voted to extend his term by two years. The United Nation’s Security Council members and Somalia’s prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble rejected this extension. On April 28, 2021, president Farmaajo bowed to this pressure and dropped the bid to extend his term.

Verification

When running a…


By Nyakerario Omari

This tweet from April 23, 2021, claims that a pastor was arrested for allowing people to camp in his church past curfew hours. Images from this tweet show the pastor in question and Kenyan police in uniform.

Background

In the past weeks, the police have heavily enforced curfew restrictions on major highways in and out of Nairobi. Additionally, Kenya recently banned flights from India for a period of 14 days amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. Those travelling from India will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival and also quarantine for…

WanaData

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store