Greening Uganda, a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) located in Kisubi along Entebbe road has embarked on a noble cause of planting 17,000 trees in different communities in Entebbe Municipality in commemoration of the International day of forests that was celebrated on Wednesday March 21, 2018 at the Directorate of Water Resources in Entebbe.
According to Albert Kunihira, the Greening Uganda officer, local communities mainly schools dubbed “Green Schools Project” and public places in Entebbe Municipality will benefit from the tree planting campaign.
“We have kick started the mass tree planting campaign today Monday March 26, 2018 and we have planted a number of trees at Entebbe Municipal council, Katabi Health Center and Entebbe Parents Secondary School because the survival rate and life span of the trees is high unlike along the roads and streets where they can be cut down. We shall continue with the tree planting campaign in different schools and local communities until our target is realized. We (Greening Uganda) believe by partnering with the local communities to engage in tree planting, we sensitize them on the importance of forest conservation and environmental protection. We are grateful to Mayor Vincent Kayanja DePaul and the entire Entebbe Municipal Council for partnering with us”, Greening Uganda’s Kunihira said.
Meanwhile Mayor Kayanja welcomed Greening Uganda’s tree planting campaign in Entebbe municipality saying that trees, wetlands and forests are a gift to mankind and should be preserved. Mayor Kayanja also called for the cancellation of land titles that were acquired in forest reserves adding that individuals with land titles in forest reserves should be punished.
The Entebbe Municipal Council Environmental Officer promised that all the trees planted in Entebbe will be maintained.