I will fight tooth and nail to protect Bugoma Forest, Minister Cheptoris Vows
Uganda in the recent past experienced impacts of climate changes like change in weather patterns, drop in water levels, increased floods and mudslides whose social impacts are a result of man’s activities like forest degradation, deforestation and encroachment on other fragile ecosystems.
UGANDA - The Minister of water and environment Hon. Sam Cheptoris thanked the trekkers for sensitizing the public on matters of water and environment during the 320km Journey from the Kingfisher Oil region, Kikuube District to the Ministry of Water and Environment in Luzira, Kampala City. The over 1000 walkers led by John Walker Ayiini were trekking for water, environment for climate resilient development.
The trekkers covered 320Km through districts of Kikuube, Hoima, Kyankwanzi, Kiboga, Wakiso, Nansana Municipality and lastly Kampala city at the Ministry of water and environment.
Uganda in the recent past experienced impacts of climate changes like change in weather patterns, drop in water levels, increased floods and mudslides whose social impacts are a result of man’s activities like forest degradation, deforestation and encroachment on other fragile ecosystems. Hon. Cheptoris said he will fight tooth and nail to protect Bugoma Forest, the largest remaining block of natural tropical woodland in Uganda from destruction and appealed to all stakeholders to do so.
One of the challenges identified by the walkers through their 320Km journey was lack of water in Kyankwanzi District. “We need to take clean water to Kankwanzi District this year. Imagine they lack bathing water. Now what type of water do they drink,” the Hon. Minister wondered while promising Kankwanzi residents of piped water soon.
Hon. Sam Cheptoris invited all stakeholders to be part of the Water and Environment Week 2023 which will be officially opened by the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Anita Among on 13th March 2023 at the Ministry of Water and Environment Headquarters.
Officially, the 6th Uganda Water and Environment Week (UWEK) 2023 will be held from 13th-17th March 2023 at the Ministry of Water and Environment Headquarters in Luzira under the theme, ‘Water and Environment for Climate-Resilient Development.’ Highlights of the 6th Ministry of Water and Environment Week
1.Media campaign (both print and electronic media), and national and regional levels (talk shows and mobile van). 2. Walking for water, environment for climate resilient development. 3. Clean up exercises or restoration activities in regional de-concentrated structures of the Ministry of Water and Environment. 4. Hackathon, youth, and school debates, marathon, football matches, Buganda Kingdom and Uganda Joint Christian Council activities etc.
1. Commemoration of the International Sector Day
2. National Conference 12th-17th March 2023.
3. Applied training.
5. Field visits.
6. Keynote presentations.
7. Paper and poster presentation.v 8. Exhibitions.
9. Opening and closing ceremonies.
1. Publish evaluation report, UWEK 2023 proceedings and UWEK 2023 outcomes.
2. Sustain a post event media campaign.
3. Dissemination of the outcomes and recommendations of Uganda Water and Environment Week.
4. Follow up on recommendations of Uganda Water and Environment Week by Thematic Working Groups.
5. Publishing of WRI Journal.
How to participate:
Over 2000 local and international delegates are expected to be attending both online and physical.
Participation is through;
1.Submit abstracts (not exceeding 300 words) prepared in line with the theme and sub-themes of the conference, emphasising innovations and case studies.