Document all your efforts in restoration of forests, SCOs argued
Civil society organizations and Non-Governmental Originations in Bunyoro region have been requested to document their successful efforts in restoration of depleted forests in Bunyoro region.
The call was made by Francis Mugerwa the communications manager Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom while addressing stakeholders in an engagement meeting that was organized by Kitara Civil Society Organizations’ Network (KCSON) at HB Hotel on Monday.
Mugerwa said it is through unveiling the success done by CSOs that most of the people will join efforts of restoring different forests and ecosystems in Bunyoro region.
“We need to document our success. There are efforts being done by NFA, KCSON and other stakeholders. We shouldn’t bury those successes let us document them,” Mugerwa said
Boaz Basigirenda, the Budongo Systems range manager National Forest Authority requested civil society organizations to concentrate on sensitizing the community on income generating projects like tree planting, Bee keeping and more others in order to keep them away from encroaching on forests.
“People should be sensitized on the importance of forests. If we give our communities neighboring the forests projects that increase their incomes, we shall have our forests preserved,” Boaz said
Evas Mungurieki, the Kikuube District Councilor requests National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) to always give support to the enforcement team in Kikuube District to help them fight people encroaching on Bugoma forests.
Benson Tusingwire, working with NAVODA, blamed the increased deforestation on corrupt officials in the enforcement teams.