The pearl that is Uganda is losing its sheen
Uganda lies in the east of Africa, right on the equator. Many natural wonders make the country something quite special within Africa. Even though the interior around Lake Victoria is still able to draw visitors with its enchanting landscape, decades of civil war and climate change have long left their mark on the population and nature.
In the United Nations' Human Development Index, Uganda stood at place 159 of 189 in 2019. In the capital Kampala alone, a metropolis estimated to house more than two million inhabitants, many people live in slums with insufficient infrastructure. What is more, Uganda suffers badly from the problem of deforestation. In the past ten years, the country has lost 50 percent of its woodland, which leads to erosion and water supply problems, as well as other issues. The main reasons for the forest clearances include the high demand for wood, which is still the most important source of energy in many households.