Juliet Namakula, one of the affected residents blames the Chinese Investors of Zhong Rice Estates; currently operating in Lwera, for interfering with the Lake Victoria shorelines as they draw water for irrigating their plantations.
The National Environment Management Authority-NEMA Executive Director Dr. Tom Okurut says the laws allow sustainable wetland utilization although the activity should be set at a level that can be maintained for the future.
Antonio Querido, the FAO country representative says that the government needs to adopt the Uganda Green Growth Development Strategy to guide its development. The Strategy unpacks the key green growth issues contained in the National Development Plan II and Vision 2040 and provides the blueprint for Uganda’s transition into a green economy.
NEMA in December wrote a letter ordering the eviction of all people who constructed houses in the wetland. However, the residents petitioned the Entebbe Municipality Mayor who engaged NEMA to allow some of the residents remain with the wetland.
The swamp stretches from Nakiwogo landing site through Lugonjo to Kigungu road after the UN Regional Service Center in Entebbe Division B. On November 29th, 2018, the Commissioner in Charge of Wetlands and Environment, Inspector Collins Oloya wrote a notice to the affected persons.
Rose Nakyejwe, the Masaka District Environment Officer, says if the current rate of sand mining is not checked, shallow wells, boreholes and other water sources in the district are at risk of drying because of a drop of the water table where sand mining takes place.
Dr. Jerome Ssebadduka Lugumira, a Natural Resources Management Specialist at NEMA, says the new policy is going to be aligned with the Mining Act of 2003 and National Mining Policy-2016 to develop an all-inclusive law for the minerals sector.
The contested land is located along the shoreline of Lake Victoria in Entebbe municipality. This is where fishermen who were initially evicted from Makusa and Lwamunyu landing sites located on an outlying island of Entebbe municipality had found refuge. It is now home to 3,500 people.
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.
New global agreement to end health risks and environmental damage from mercury pollution has come into force. Mercury is a heavy metal which accumulates in the body and is listed by the UN as one of the top 10 chemicals endangering health and the environment.
A number of activists under the Water Governance Institute are expressing fear that communities living in Oil production areas may face water shortages when oil production commences. The activists say water may prove more of a hindrance during the oil production and development phase because of the large quantities required during the process.
Dr Tom Okurut, the executive director of the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA observes that massive investments in real estate, power dams at Karuma and Isimba as well as ongoing and pending road works, among others, have led to roaring trade in sand and increased interest in sand mining than before.
The Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Betty Amongi announced this following a confirmation that all titles that were illegally acquired to companies and individuals within the gazetted forest reserve will be cancelled.