Nature & Environment

Environmental Degradation: Until Wild Animals come to our houses, we shall not stop destroying their habitats

Environmental Degradation: Until Wild Animals come to our houses, we shall not stop destroying their habitats
Nature & Environment
Zadock Amanyisa In about 300 meters away from my home in Bushenyi town, South-western Uganda, stand two tall trees, whose species I cannot tell ( I am not good at botanical names). I have lived here for the last five years. In the same place (distance of about 20meters), there are two natural water sources, from where I used to fetch water for irrigating my vegetable gardens during the dry season like this three four years ago. In the year 2016, when I was fetching water from these water points, a friend and neighbor of mine told me that there lives a big snake around those the two water points. More neighbors would later warn me not to access the water sources, especially on a sunny day because I will meet the most feared animal in the area. On Friday, July 3, 2020, while at the...

Police engages Local Councils in new fight against Environmental Degradation

Police engages Local Councils in new fight against Environmental Degradation
Nature & Environment
Zadock Amanyisa The Bushenyi Greater Environmental Police Liaison Officer, Mr Joseph Sentamu has confirmed the development, saying he has written letters to all LC one chairmen in Bushenyi district where wetland destruction has taken a center stage and could cause danger if not controlled. This comes following reports that residents including government officials in Bushenyi and neighboring districts had taken advantage of COVID-19 lockdown to encroach on natural resources for agricultural practices. Farmers in the region normally use the June-July dry season to prepare soils for millet growing. According to Mr Sentamu, working with local councils and crime intelligence links could send a message to the encroachers in a bid to tackle the environmental degradation challenge in...

NGO runs to save Bushenyi Wetlands as Encroachers Take advantage of COVID -19 LOCK DOWN.

NGO runs to save Bushenyi Wetlands as Encroachers Take advantage of COVID -19 LOCK DOWN.
Nature & Environment
Zadock Amanyisa Uganda Citizens Alliance(UCA), a non-governmental organization operating in Western Uganda, with headquarters in Bushenyi town, has penned a letter to the Resident District Commissioner, Bushenyi district about what they call “massive encroachment and destruction” of wetlands in the district. The organization has for over a year directed its focus on environmental protection among other thematic work areas in Western Uganda. In the letter, seen by Countryside Reports, UCA says massive destruction of the environment, has resumed on large scale during the unprecedented times of COVID-19. The Organization also cites a reverse of what Bushenyi district has done before to save wetlands because many wetlands have been encroached on and destroyed. According to UCA, many

Uganda Citizens’ Alliance in Environmental, Water Source Protection Campaign

Uganda Citizens’ Alliance in Environmental, Water Source Protection Campaign
Nature & Environment
Zadock Amanyisa Environmental protection is one of the most touching issues that have widely been discussed at national, regional and global platforms. Numbers of conventions have been held to discuss environment and water source protection. Uganda Citizens Alliance (UCA), a local Non-Governmental Organization  based in Bushenyi district, has secured support from National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) to undertake advocacy and community sensitization campaigns on water source protection across western and southwestern region. The campaign will in a duration of one year raise awareness about the importance of protecting and saving environment and water sources in Western and South-western Uganda. The development comes at a time when western and south-western Uga...

Bushenyi Municipal Academy involving learners in environmental protection

Bushenyi Municipal Academy involving learners in environmental protection
Nature & Environment
COUNTRYSIDE REPORTS Bushenyi Municipal Academy has doubled efforts in teaching the pupils to conserve the environment. Pupils at the school are being educated to look at the trees, swamps, and generally the green environment in a positive way. This according to Mrs. Abby Ayebaze, the director, a way of creating a sense of consciousness and participation, and to help the pupils acquire a knowledge of ecological principles aimed at ensuring a balance between the health of the individual, society, and the environment. The pupils are taken out for tours in the forests around and far from the school so they can see with their eyes what they learn in class. "I want them to first appreciate the environment around. This can act as a demo or a case study when they are spreading the mes...

Why on earth would wetlands be choking on plastic?

Why on earth would wetlands be choking on plastic?
Nature & Environment, Opinions
Zadock Amanyisa I have recently thought far and wide about becoming a voice for God’s silent natural resources including wetlands, which have for long time faced destruction by man, yet they can’t even defend themselves against man’s panga and fire. I stay in a Kyeitembe ward, Bushenyi Ishaka municipality, in the western part of Uganda, where there is a swamp along the road that links to the famous Kabagarame weekly pork market. When you are passing through that swamp, you will see plastic waste in form of bottles and bags dumped in the swamp and its stream. This is so bad! It is saddening to see plastic waste dumped in our wetlands. I have seen other areas choking on plastic waste. Remember, plastic takes more than 400 years to degrade It’s against this background that I hav

Human Activities threatening Kitagata Water Source

Human Activities threatening Kitagata Water Source
Nature & Environment
Zadock Amanyisa The newly constructed Kitagata water plant, which cost Uganda about 35 billion Uganda shillings, is facing a host of serious threats, all caused by human activities despite Uganda Citizens Alliance (UCA) efforts to protect the source. Activities like clearance of forests coupled with conversion of the wetlands to farmlands have caused a dire impact directly and indirectly on the water plant. According to experts, the human activities being carried out by communities living along the catchment area have posed a threat to the stream, which is the biggest source of water in Bushenyi greater sub-region, a development that could see water consumers pay heavily in the immediate and distant future paying the acquired loan from World Bank and water treatment costs. The pr...

UCA steps up efforts to save Kitagata water source

Nature & Environment
Zadock Amanyisa Countryside Reports, Sheema Not so many years ago, in a bid to increase water supply in fulfillment of its mandate, National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) established a massive water plant at Kitagata water source, Kitagata town council, Sheema district to upgrade water supply and infrastructure to the districts of Bushenyi, Sheema and Mitooma. The Kitagata catchment area resilience has since then increasingly become compromised by swamp degradation and planting of eucalyptus trees by surrounding farmer communities. This has rendered the catchment area more and more fragile. In fact, if no care is taken, water supply will reduce, because the water catchment has had a range of threats which include; urban and agricultural encroachment, sedimentation, bio...
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