Stephen Mugabi has urged Ugandans to protect the available natural resources if the country is to attain Vision 2040. Mugabi is the commissioner environment sector services in the Ministry of Water and Environment.
Mugabi made the remarks while officiating at the Green Growth meeting convened by the Environment CSO Network on Thursday.
He said that the failure to protect primary environment like water bodies, forests, swamps and secondary environment like roads, dams, schools, hospitals among others will cause damage to the existing environment which in the long run will be hard and expensive to repair.
The deputy executive director, EMLI-Bwaise facility, Robert Bakika said Ugandans need to be aware of the dangers of destroying the environment.
He did applaud Ugandans who have taken up recycling waste into useful products.
Uganda’s natural resources are fast being depleted by man with 15.6% hectares of forest in 1994 reduced to 8.4% in 2016. Annual loss of forestry is estimated at 12000 hectares.
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