The Ministry of Water and Environment has donated 5,000 tree seedlings to Kyamasuuka Village Communal Land Association in Budongo Sub-county, Masindi District. the ministry says it is part of its activities to commemorate the World Environment Day, 2021.
The seedlings were handed over to the association Chairperson Mr Wilson OBitre by Michael Bernard Ikoput, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Team Leader for Masindi regional office on 2nd June on behalf of the ministry.
They were launching the tree planting and restoration exercise ahead of the national commemoration to be held at Nyabeya Forestry College in Masindi district on 5th June 2021.
Speaking at the ceremony, Masindi district Environment Officer, Ms Olivia Nabukenya expressed optimism that the seedlings will help to restore the degraded parts of Kyamasuuka forest whose 62 hectares has been depleted despite being relied on by Nyabyeya Forestry College for water supply.
Kyamasuuka forest is managed by Kyamasuuka Communal Land Association.
Nabukenya urged the public to embrace planting of water friendly species including Kodia, Alibizia, Mahogany, makam and miso physics in order to protect water catchment areas.
Michel Ikoput from NEMA warned that cultivation in wetlands will escalate climate change and its effects including poor harvests.
Wilson Obitre the association Chairperson congratulated Ministry of Water and Environment, NEMA and other local organizations for their efforts to save environment.
In the same function, Sunday Tindyebwa, the Kyamasuuka village Chairperson called upon the government to take more vigorous efforts to save wetlands and encourage more tree planting.
“I have realized that climate change is real because by late 70s before this forest was degraded, we used to receive rain as early as February which is contrary today”, says Mr Tindyebwa.