Green: At What Price?
Reforestation, environmental development, growth in the developing world: when does a green economy come at too high a price?
The Ugandan Government wants to encourage development and boost it’s forest reserves. They’ve leased over 8000 hectares of land to Norwegan based company, Green Resources, Africa’s largest forestation company. This sounds like a good news story in Africa, except that Bukaleba Forest Reserve, on the shores of Lake Victoria, has been home to thousands of rural people for decades.
These villagers are indicative of 90 % of rural Africans who have no land title; they are being forced from the land they have lived on for years.
Isah was arrested in 2014 for preventing trees being planted on ‘his’ land. He was imprisoned for 18 months. James was chased from his land and one son was cut on the head; the other hid in water fearing for his life. Jessica and Olga explain how life used to be, when food and land was plentiful, and how, today they struggle to survive.
At the core of this film is one simple truth: land acquisitions for growth and development can compromise the livelihoods of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
We hear from the villagers, the Land Ministry, the company at the core. ‘Green: at what price?’ not only highlights the plight of Ugandan villagers, but reveals a vital scenario playing out across Africa and around the globe.