of Water and Environment has patterned with International Union for
Conservation of Nature, (IUCN) an international organization to restore more
than 3,000 acres of wetlands in Sheema and Buhweju Districts.
Since last week, police have been destroying gardens, covered big pits of brick
makers and sand miners in wetlands, and cutting down trees along wetlands. In Bugongi Town Council, Sheema gardens of
Millet, Coffee and Bananas plantations, sugarcane, beans, tomatoes, and sweet
potatoes were cleared affecting more than 700 households.
Moses Egaru, the Programs Manager IUCN, says that they are targeting to restore
five wetlands of Nyakajumo, Rwamuganga, Kyarikunda, Bigona, in Sheema district
and Kanoni wetland system in Buhweju.
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…degraded wetland systems.”//
Mukiibi, the Wetlands Officer in the Ministry of Environment says the restoration
is also aimed at saving the inlets of the Kandekye-Ruhorobero catchment that
covers Ntungamo, Sheema, and Bushenyi districts.
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….and then Bushenyi.”//
Turyatunga Boaz, the Sheema District Environment Officer says over 20,000
hectares of wetlands have been encroached on in Sheema district alone
especially in areas like Kabwohe Town council.
He says people have established farmlands, gardens, constructed buildings, and
laid bricks in wetlands.
“we have over…
…are going steady.”//
Turyatunga, says that during the Covid-19 lockdown, the encroachment on
wetlands increased since most economic activities were affected.
“like all other…
…and future generations.”//
the LCIII Chairperson Rugrama Sub County welcomed the restoration but expressed
worry that the destroyed gardens belong to over 600 people from four villages,
who could be hit with hunger.
“omukyanga kyangye eki…
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Maxicence Katusiime a resident of Kigoye Cell, says they were asked to stop
cultivating in the wetland with a promise of giving them pigs as an alternative
source of income, but they are yet to receive them.