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NEMA to Spearhead World Environment Day Celebrations

NEMA Executive Director, Dr. Tom O. Okurut speaking to press yesterday

Government through the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) will on June 6, ailment http://conceive.ca/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/contact-form.php 2016 join the rest of the world to mark the World Environment Day (WED).

The day that was declared in 1972 in Stockholm during United Nations Conference on the Human Environment by the United Nations General Assembly, http://chelseamamma.co.uk/wp-includes/wp-db.php commits each Member State to reflect on efforts put in place at national level with regard to protection of the environment as well as to reaffirm her commitment to sustainable environment management.

The World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.

NEMA Executive Director, Dr. Tom O. Okurut revealed on Tuesday that the day will be celebrated globally on June 5 under the theme; ‘Go Wild For Life’ but will be celebrated in Uganda on June 6.

“Since June 5 is a Sunday, we chose to celebrate WED on Monday June 6 so as to have all government officials present,” Okurut said.

WED in Uganda will be celebrated under the National theme; “Conserve Wildlife, Sustain Livelihoods” at Boma grounds in Gulu Municipality.

“The theme raises awareness on biodiversity species (animal or plants) under threat and calls for individual and corporate action to help safeguard them for future generations; these could be about species that are threatened within our local communities as well as at the national level as many local extinctions will eventually add up to a global extinction,” Okurut explained.

The day will be marked with several activities which include; public education through multimedia platforms, children’s drama and competitions, Environmental restoration exercises carried out in Gulu District, Tree planting and Clean-up activities, a one kilometer run in Gulu district and many other activities.

Okurut said that Gulu District was chosen because it is part of the Acholi sub region whose cultural symbol is the elephant. The region is also home to a big expanse of the Murchison falls National Park which hosts an estimated1,330 elephants and was one home to a big Rhino population that became extinct due to indiscriminate poaching especially during the civil war of the 1980’s.

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