Area leaders and environmental activists say that despite registering an increase in reports of persons encroaching on wetlands and natural forests, and poor methods of farming, they are unable to stop the practices due to a shortage of funds and poor enforcement.
Last week, authorities from the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and the Ministry of Water and Environment started evicting all farmers operating in wetlands in the districts of Kabale, Rubanda and Rukiga.
Annet Kyomuhendo, a charcoal dealer in Kigongi in Central division Kabale municipality says that she now sells a sack of charcoal at 30,000 from 20,000 Shillings and a basin at 6,000 from 3,000 Shillings.
In a letter directed to the office of the University principal dated January 09th, 2019 signed by Jeconious Musingwire, the Western Region National Environment Management Authority NEMA in charge of Sensitization and Education, NEMA has stopped all the activities on the playground until further notice.
Kabale Municipality Mayor, Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, says that used plastics will be recycled as residues and converted into manure. He also says that the plastics will be bought at 240 shillings per kilogram.
George Tukwasiibwe, a canoe operator on Lake Bunyonyi and resident of Burimba cell in Rubaya Sub County in Kabale district says that the takeover of the Punishment Island threatens the tourism sector since it has been one of the tourist attractions.
The depth of Lake Bunyonyi has decreased by 1.2 metres, an issue that has left environmental activists worried. Lake Bunyonyi, the second deepest late in Africa is located in the districts of Kabale and Rubanda in South Western Uganda. Initially the lake had a depth of 2,953 feet approximately 900metres. However, activists and district leaders say that the depth has reduced by 1.2 metres.
Reuben Twinomujuni, the Public Relations Officer Bishop Barham University College admits the University destroyed the protected spring. He says the University is in a process of constructing another protected spring for residents near the playground.
On Wednesday this week the lion was sighted in Buhanda sub county before crossing to Kabambiro Sub County. The lion was again seen yesterday in Katibani in Kakinga parish, Kamwenge Sub County, where it reportedly killed an unspecified number of goats.
Echuya forest reserve supervisor Hebert Turyahabwa says that the fire destroyed over 30 acres of the forest before it was put off by locals, with the help of Police fire brigade and Uganda peoples defense forces.
35-year-old Therestine Munyaneza is a reformed poacher. According to Munyaneza, he started poaching alongside his father at a tender age. He says poaching was very dangerous, adding that their catch wasnt sufficient to sustain his family.
The locals are from the rural sub counties of Kabale and mainly Muko, Bubare, Nyamweru, Kyanamira, Kitumba and Buhara where all non gazetted abattoirs were closed following an outbreak of rift valley fever, a viral infection that primarily affects animals but also has the capacity to infect humans.