UMOJA Conservation Trust, National Forest Authority(NFA) and IUIU FM in partnership with the mountain Elgon Tree Planting Enterprise have unveiled a community tree planting campaign that is focused at planting 60 million trees in celebration of Uganda at 60 years of Independence since 1962.
This was officially launched on 26th of march 2022 at Mbale SS in Mbale city by the NFA.
The campaign was launched under the theme ” Sustainability growth management and development ” and was started on Monday 21 March 2022, with planting trees in different schools and police barracks. Among the schools were Nabimali high school, Nyendo senior secondary school, University link high school, Mbale college, Islamic University In Uganda Mbale, Mbale police barracks among others.
Elgon tree planting enterprise was in partnership with UMOJA conservation trust, KCB bank Uganda, NFA, to fulfill the government commitment of recovering 24% forest cover that Uganda had in 1990 in the vision 2040.
Juliet Mubbi the public relations officer of NFA says that they are committed to support every effort that is towards conservation, sustainable management of forests in the country and recover the regraded landscape.
Mubbi said that the community tree planting program is supported by the government of Uganda where they rise 300 million spices to be given to community at a free cost.
She hinted that Uganda forest cover is increasing over time. In 2015 it was at 9%, but according to the National bias report of 2020 it was at 15% adding that Uganda is committed by the national development plan three to reach 15% by the year 2025.
Joanita mbabazi the Elgon tree planting enterprise public relations officer says that they have planted 16million trees in bugisu region.
She calls upon all people to take initiative and plant trees adding that the more people plant trees the more they can stop landslides which is a big challenge in the Elgon region.
Nambafu Perezi a board member NFA says that Uganda is at the right move now as their target is to plant trees in the country to make it green adding that the country is getting degraded . He says that they are engaging the young generation in the activity to enable them understand the importance of a tree since they are tho ones to gain in the near future.
Bryan Toshi Bwana from UMOJA conservation Trust says that Elgon region is among the least marketed areas in the country adding that this initiative may increase tourism.
Bwana says that the initiative is to develop the nation through green growth participation.
Ediga Byamaha the managing director KCB in Uganda says that it has been a pleasure working with UMOJA, NFA, and Elgon conservation trust.
Says that they have embraced the many social development to the United Nations and climate change under which they address goal number three which is of tree planting.
Byamaha says that they pledged to plant 5000 trees in line with a broad goal of 60million trees adding that the challenges posed on people by climate change tree planting should be one of the key elements to consider to help contain climate change.