The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Gulu District Capt. Sam Okot has decried the widespread Charcoal burning and Timber harvesting in the country which he says are the biggest challenge facing the environment.
Capt. Okot made the remarks on Monday June 6th during the celebrations of the World Environment Day (WED) that were organized by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in Gulu District.
The celebrations that were running under the theme “Go Wild for Life” focused mainly on the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife which erodes precious biodiversity and threatens the survival of elephants, and http://cycling.today/wp-admin/includes/update-core.php rhinos and tigers as well as many other species globally.
Flavia Nabugera Munaaba, store the former State Minister for Environment in her speech called upon Ugandans to protect wetlands and forests in a bid to conserve wildlife.
“Since forests and wetlands are habitats for wildlife, loss of forests and wetlands therefore results into loss of wildlife,” she said.
The day was marked with exhibitions from the different companies that are involved in environment conservation practices like plastic recycling and presentations from different schools and institutions.
In his remarks, the NEMA board chairman J.H.Nyeko Pen –Mogi implored the people of northern Uganda to protect Uganda’s wildlife saying it was a gift from God.
“Without wildlife our livelihoods and well-being are under threat, I would therefore like to appeal to the people of northern Uganda and the entire country to protect the wildlife that Uganda is blessed with,” he said.
Speaking about the Kidepo Project, Dr. Tom Okurut the NEMA Executive Director said that “The Kidepo project aims at strengthening the management effectiveness of Kidepo Valley National Park and the surrounding protected areas including central and local forest reserves as well as protecting the shea butter trees”