Rotary International District 9211, comprising of Uganda and Tanzania, has today launched Rotary Mission Green,web
TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 9211 (UGANDA & TANZANIA) LAUNCHES MISSION GREEN PROGRAM
Rotary International District 9211, comprising of Uganda and Tanzania, has today launched Rotary Mission Green, a program aimed at restoring and protecting our environment and improving livelihoods in our communities.
The Governor for Rotary International District 9211 (2017/2018), Rotarian Ken Wycliffe Mugisha said “For my tenure as governor, I have chosen to focus on promotion of protecting and restoring our green Environment while also improving the livelihoods of people in our communities through the Rotary Mission Green program which will run for an initial period of 5 years. During this period we aim grow at least 10 million trees and have 5,000 households improve their income levels.”
Here in East Africa, we dominantly use biomass-based fuels, particularly wood that we consume in the form of charcoal and firewood as our main source of energy for both rural and urban areas. According to the Uganda National Charcoal Survey 2015-2016, 94% of Ugandans use wood bio mass for energy. In the rapidly growing urban centers, on average 50.2% of the population use charcoal for cooking. An estimated forest surface of 115 football fields is used for cooking every day – either in form of firewood or charcoal.
This has seen the forest cover decrease rapidly and the demand for wood is expected to triple by 2025, posing a grave threat to our resource base and biodiversity as well as making us increasingly vulnerable to disease and poverty.
Rotary Mission Green aims to reverse the trend of deforestation, enable extensive afforestation, enhance forest and tree resource and support communities to sustainably harness forest goods and services to realize sustainable socio-economic development.
To achieve this, Rotary Mission Green is taking a two-pronged approach. Firstly, afforestation by growing trees in institutions, urban areas, along roads and replenishing depleted forest reserves. Secondly to promote the use of energy efficient cooking technologies in large institutions like prisons, schools, universities and hospitals.
The Commissioner General for Prisons, Rotarian Dr. Johnson Byabashaija said, “we acknowledge that the Prisons system is one of the greatest contributors to deforestation. We have therefore decided to engage with Rotary to make our cooking more environmentally friendly and also committed to growing trees in all our prisons.”
Rotary Mission Green has already established partnerships in boththe public and private sectors to help in implementation of these goals. Some of the partners so far are;
Ministry of Water & Environment, National Forestry Authority, Ministry of Education and Sports, Ministry of Energy, Office of the Prime Minister, Kampala Capital City Authority, National Environment Management Authority, Uganda Prisons Service, Uganda national Roads Authority, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, the Buganda Government, National Agricultural Research Organisation, Uganda People’s Defence Forces, Bank of Uganda and Uganda Timber Growers Association.
The Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, Rtn. Rebecca Kadaga emphasized, “The government has continuously supported environmental improvement programs and therefore will, as seen from the various partnerships already established, support the Rotary Mission Green program.”
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