In 2017, a report by the Ministry of Water and Environment on disasters mapped Gulu City among the areas in Northern Uganda, which are potentially prone to floods. As a result, the former Gulu Municipal Council recommended the widening of the banks of Pece Stream and secured the funding from Fichtner, two years ago.
Moses Abonga, the Laroo Division LC 3 Chairperson reveals that several parts of the wetlands have been cultivated, adding that farmers use contaminated water to irrigate vegetables, which is a threat to public health and safety.
Over 100 people have encroached on wetlands within the town. Some of the most affected wetlands are Pece Channel, Layibi wetland, Laroo Channel and other swamps in Bar dege division. Residential houses and business premises have been built while others are carrying on agricultural and quarry activities in the wetlands.