Government directs wetland encroachers to vacate

By Moses Kidandi

The Government has asked all people living in wetlands to vacate and find alternative places for accommodation.

Finance minister Martia Kasaija made the remarks as the ministry of finance and other Government agencies embarked on a tree planting exercise in Kampala today.

The exercise is part of several activities by Government departments meant to observe the National Budget months for the financial year 2019/2020.

The minister who presided over the Environmental restoration tree planting exercise around Kampala says living in the water path is the main cause of flooding and wetland degradation.

In 1995, Uganda made history as the second country worldwide, after Canada, to pass a wetlands policy.The National Policy for the Conservation and Management of Wetlands is based on five objectives which revolve around the principles of sustainability, improving wetlands productivity and diversity and good governance.

However, fresh reports indicate several wetlands in Uganda have been encroached upon which is having a negative impact on the environment.
The minister has urged all homesteads to plant at least three trees in each home so as to restore the green cover and secure safety of persons against heavy winds that destroy homes.