UBL staff plant another 5000 trees in Nakaseke as reforestation drive continues

UBL staff plant another 5000 trees in Nakaseke as reforestation drive continues
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A section  of Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) staff in partnership with Tree Adoption Uganda and the Nakaseke community planted 5,000 trees in Nakaseke District as part of their commitment to contribute to environmental sustainability and to support the government’s afforestation agenda.

The restoration of forests and tree cover by natural regeneration, plantation, or agroforestry has not kept pace with the annual loss of forest cover and the loss of individual trees.

According to the National Development Plan (NDP) III, the forest cover has declined from 24% (4.9 million ha) of Uganda’s total land area to 9% (1.83 million ha) in 2018, which is a reduction of 57% in just 25 years.

There has been a significant reduction in forest cover from 15% in 2010 to 9.5% in 2017.

The target, therefore is to increase land covered by forests from 9.1% percent to 15%.

In the financial year 2023/2024 shs 417.6 billion in the national budget  has been allocated to natural

resources, environment, climate change, land, and water.

Speaking at the tree planting exercise, Suleiman Ngondi, the Head of Sustainability and

Communications at Uganda Breweries, stated that the continued long-term success of UBL depends on the people and planet and a low tree cover threatens the environment and the prosperity of the communities within it.

“As the brewery we have been consistent in re-afforesting the nation through the Running Out

Of Trees (ROOTs) campaign which the Ministry of Water and  Environment spearheads in partnership with various players in the private sector,” Ngondi said.

The seedlings planted are going to be mapped and monitored by Tree Adoption Uganda and

the community to ensure that they survive and grow. The community joined to plant the seedlings in their own farms to promote agroforestry.

The ROOTs campaign is an initiative that brings together the private sector and other non- state actors to support the Government’s initiative to replenish Uganda’s forest cover.

The campaign’s main target is to plant 40 million trees across the country by 2025.

Nakaseke district continues to be a high area of interest because it is located in the cattle corridor renowned for farming and cattle keeping.

Nakaseke has been a major source of wood resources in Uganda because of its wide range of forested areas in the southern part of the district.

The high demand for wood energy for excessive charcoal production, heavy encroachment through settlements, crop cultivation, and overgrazing has left most of the once forested areas  dry lands.

Firewood was found to be the most commonly used fuel for cooking accounting for 83% of Nakaseke .

The cutting down of trees coupled with the degradation of wetlands in Nakaseke has led to changing climate in the area necessitating climate resilience interventions in form of tree planting and reforestation efforts to avert

climate change negative effects.

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