By Ahura Mujuni Mark
Today is the International Day of Forests or World Forestry Day .The day is celebrated worldwide every year on 21st of March at the international level in order to increase the public awareness among communities about the values, significance and contributions of the forests to balance the life cycle on the earth.
Forests are very essential part of the life on Earth. They always fulfill the demands of the human beings by providing shadow, shelter, refreshment including clean air and water. In the modern world of growing global population increases the demands of forest products so the forests are at big risks of deforestation and degradation.
Forests are the complex living community of the trees which provides home and shelter to a big range of animals and the soil beneath it inhabit the variety of invertebrates, fungi and bacteria playing significant role in balancing the nutrients cycle in the soil and forest.
As the world marks the forestry day, Uganda, which is the pearl of Africa originally endowed with many forests is currently battling with massive deforestation and encroachment. Government efforts to avert the crisis have been hampered by poor forest monitoring mechanisms.