Wetland Restoration Project Launched
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said people should not be forced to leave wetlands, but instead should be sensitized on why they should leave voluntarily.
Museveni who was speaking at Kalaki primary school in Palisa town council in Palisa district during the commissioning of the Limoto Wetland Restoration Project on Thursday said people should be sensitized and educated about the importance of restoring the wetland but not forcing them to leave.
The President invited different ambassadors mainly of the European Union to show them how the government of Uganda is trying to restore the wetlands and conserving the environment.
President Museveni also appealed to the ambassadors that the restoration program needs more funding which they should agitate for.
The United Nations Development Programme-UNDP Resident Representative for Uganda, Elsie G. Attafuah said that Uganda is leading in the levels of wetland degradation in Central and East Africa with 30% between 1994 and 2016.
Government through the Water and Environment Ministry with Financial and Technical support from the Global Climate Fund (GCF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are implementing a project dubbed ‘Building Resilient Communities.
Wetland Ecosystems and Associated Catchments in Uganda Project’ aimed at restoring wetlands and increasing the resilience of both ecosystems and the communities living close to the wetland areas.
The US$45 Million project is being implemented in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries (MAAIF) and Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA).