The plan involves the planting of bamboo trees on the river banks and supporting the livelihoods of communities along the catchment area. The ministry will also install a flood forecasting and early warning system and do spot cleaning of the river.
The money will go towards the Investing in Forests and Protected Areas for Climate-Smart Development Project under the Ministry of Water and Environment. This focuses on the Albertine Region and the refugee-hosting areas in Northern Uganda.
Stretching several kilometres through the North East and Western part of Agoro, Langiya hills provides a natural shield that separates the area from volatile South Sudan. From the hills, flows Agoro River that has over the years bred life to agriculture, one of the predominant economic activities undertaken by the residents besides cattle keeping.
Luweero district had planned to construct 19 boreholes as part of a program to increase access to clean water in rural areas. However, only 13, out of the 19 planned boreholes, have been successfully sunk after the contractor found no water in the rest of the sites.
The State Minister for Environment Mary Goretti Kitutu challenged the women to use their influence of numbers to practically spearhead a massive tree planting campaign in their respective areas for purposes of restoring the destroyed environment features.
Violence erupted on Monday morning after residents attacked youths deployed by National Forestry Authority-NFA to clear gardens of residents to pave way for tree planting on the disputed land belonging to Mbale forest reserve.
State Minister for Water, Dr Mary Goretti Kitutu says Ugandas membership to the Global Green Growth Institute will help to solicit financing for environmentally friendly projects in areas of transport, Water management, Agriculture and energy developments.
Hajji Muhamadi Gubya a pastoralist in Wakyato Sub County says that the water project was only hope for the residents who are trekking over three kilometers to feed their animals and fetch water for consumption from dirty sources.
Moses Mubangizi, the Bundibugyo District Natural Resources Coordinator, says that the department lacks funds to contribute to the center. He explains that the department is allocated Shillings 600 Million every financial year, which is inadequate.
Environmentalists in Fort Portal are up in arms with the China Railway Seventh Group, a company which was contracted to construct the Fort Portal-Kamwenge road for tampering with the flow of River Mpanga. Huge stones have been poured in a section of the river in Fort Portal, next to Fort Portal Regional Referral hospital, to change its original flow.
Over the years, there has been an unprecedented increase in pollution and encroachment on its banks. Construction of permanent houses, car washing bays, sand mining, brick-laying and crop production activities have led to silting of the river bed.
At least 23.3 billion Shillings is set aside for construction of valley tanks under the agriculture ministry while 67.4 billion Shillings is allocated under the Water ministry to construct a number of irrigation schemes. They include Kabale micro-irrigation model, Rwengaju Irrigation scheme in Kabarole, Olweny irrigation scheme in Lira and 14 windmill-powered water systems in Karamoja sub-region and others.