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Masindi Starts Wetland Restoration Drive

Olivia Nabukenya, the Masindi district Environment officer says that more than Eight thousand trees have been planted along riverbanks in the district as part of the restoration drive.
Authorities in Masindi district have embarked on restoration of all wetlands in the district.

Olivia Nabukenya, the Masindi district Environment officer says that more than Eight thousand trees have been planted along riverbanks in the district. She says that the trees will cover ten kilometres along Nyamiringa and Kiyanja wetlands that links the sub-counties of Budongo and Bwijanga.

The two wetland sites had totally been degraded by area residents who had encroached on them carrying out illegal activities such as cultivation, car washing and bricklaying among others.

Nabukenya says that the wetlands are part of the degraded Kihiiya catchment system that connects several wetlands in Masindi and Hoima districts.

She says under the arrangement, the district has partnered with Kinyara sugar works limited that will release yet unspecified amount of money to be used in purchasing, planting and looking after indigenous tree species at all wetlands in the district.

Nabukenya says the newly launched operation has seen more than one hundred people vacate wetlands and sensitized about the dangers of encroaching on wetlands.

After full restoration of degraded wetlands, the residents that had encroached on the wetlands will be formed into groups and be supported in income-generating activities that are allowed to be carried out in the wetlands such as beekeeping and fish farming.

Nabukenya has appealed to Masindi district officials and members of the public to embrace wetland conservation in order to mitigate climate change in the district and the country at large.

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