Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said that it was sickening that 16 years after passing the Act, Finance Ministry is yet to allocate money under the Fund to enable vigorous replacement of trees that have been cut and the disappearing forests. The Tree Fund is provided for under Section 40 of the National Forestry and Tree Planting Act 2003.
The committee will initiate and scrutinize bills, coordinate activities and make recommendations to Parliament on the legal and institutional mechanism to address climate change. It was established against a background of challenges the country is facing in mitigating the effects of climate change.
During the launch of the campaign at his palace in Fort Portal on Saturday, King Oyo said the move is aimed at combating drought that has been affecting the kingdom following massive destruction of wetlands and trees.
Esther Mwangi, the Principle Scientist of the Nairobi based CIFOR, says women in Rakia, Masaka and Mpigi districts are contributing greatly in tree planting and restoring the degraded environment resulting from illegal logging and farming.
The region, a major tobacco growing region in Uganda is battling irreparable environmental damage from tobacco agriculture, particularly due to deforestation often undertaken to increase farmland for tobacco growth and cure tobacco plants.
Fredrick Kabbale, the Buyende District Production Officer, says in the past several farmers in the district lost crops due to heavy rains and drought resulting from the effects of climate change. He says as a result, they started encouraging farmers to embrace Agro Forestry to mitigate the effects of climate change.