Rotary Club Acacia to plant 5 Million trees

By Drake Nyamugabwa

Due to the reducing green forest cover in Uganda, estimated at 63 per cent since 1990, the Rotary Club Acacia have embarked on a five year project; dubbed “Mission Green”, which is aimed at restoring the forest cover through planting trees in different regions of Uganda.

Speaking at the launch of the Green Mission project last Saturday at the Kampala Museum, the President of Rotary Club of Acacia, Kenneth Bwengye says that; the project is aimed at protecting the environment and restoring the green cover that has been reducing over the years, adding that this year alone, they have planted 40,000 trees. He said they also intend to plant 5 million trees in the next five years.

“Today we have planted 140 trees, but this year we have planted 40,000 trees and in five years we shall have planted five million trees, with the help of partners countrywide” he added.  He says that partners like National Forestry Authority {NFA} will provide tree seedlings of indigenous species, while Uganda National Roads Authority {UNRA} will give them permission to plant on road sides among other partners.

Bwengye further said; apart from planting trees, the project will also encourage the use of renewable energies especially the use of energy saving stoves, which will target big population institutions. “These include; prisons, schools and hospitals among others, which use lots of firewood that is got from forests”, he further added.

The project is in partnership with National Forest authority (NFA), Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) and Ministry of Water, to ensure the project succeeds.

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