While flagging off the group, Archbishop Kaziimba appealed to Ugandans to love the environment and every natural surroundings since they were given to man by God with a special responsibility to care for them.
Dr. Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu, the Archbishop Church
of Uganda has flagged off the environment conservation walk that is aimed at
rallying the country to plant at least 40 million trees within ten days.
campaign started in Mabira forest today and is
expected to end at River Rwizi in Mbarara on March 20th, 2020. A team of about 50 people are participating in
the walk. The group will walk in the most critical areas and use vehicles in
some stretches to beat time.
While flagging off the group, Archbishop
Kaziimba appealed to Ugandans to love the environment and every natural
surroundings since they were given to man by God with a special responsibility
to care for them.
Speaking at the same event, Water and
Environment Minister, Sam Cheptoris expressed disappointment against people
committed to destroying major reserves especially rivers, lakes, wetlands and
forests, which are major sources of water and clean air.
He noted with concern the increased
encroachment on forest reserves, says the Water and Environment Ministry, the
Food and Agriculture Organization teamed up with Uganda Walkers Association to
raise awareness for the need to conserve natural resources.
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The State Minister for
Water, Ronald Kibuule noted with concern the increased destruction of the
forest cover for charcoal burning and wood fuel. He cited statistics from UNDP
and Water and Environment Ministry, which show that Uganda's forest cover
dropped to 8% in 2015 from 24% in 1990.
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Kibuule notes that once every Ugandan plants
one tree in a period of ten days it will help contribute to the agenda of
desired target of planting 40 million trees.