Tree Adoption Uganda plots planting 30,000 Trees in Bududa
By Kitts D.Mabonga
As locals of Bududa district still recover from the landslides that rocked them in the recent past, some organizations have taken a step forward to help in finding lasting solutions to the problem.
The landslides and its related disasters have so far claimed hundreds of lives alongside total destruction of property and displacing thousands among but Tree Adoption Uganda [TAU] is decided to come up a solution of planting a total of 30,000 indigenous tree species as a deliberate strategy of mitigating the disasters.
Over the weekend Tree Adoption Uganda hosted a climate run marathon in Kampala with a view of raising funds to secure over 30,000 local indigenous tree species that would planted in Bududa as their strategic contribution to the challenge.
The TAU executive director Dr. Charles Batte told the runners at Makerere University Rugby grounds on Sunday shortly after the marathon that they have for the last seven years been in the business of planting trees among schools and communities in several districts of Uganda like Mpigi and Nakaseke among others in trying to restore the forest cover that has been destroyed ignorantly by locals resulting into serious climate change challenges.
However it was until recently when they lost some of their school children who are their club members in Bududa landslides that propelled them to design a special tree planting strategy of which led to the climate run marathon.
Dr.Batte thanked the national forestry authority [NFA], the district leadership of Bududa and all the stakeholders that participated in the run saying it was not in vain as each runner’s tree would be planted in Bududa whose growth shall be effectively monitored by the Global positioning system [GPS] technology for easy tracking and accountability in the future.
The director tree planting division at NFA Stuart Manirangaho revealed that they would continue to partner with TAU by planting more trees across the country given that the country has lost a huge part of the national forest cover.
Vanessa Nakatte, the national youth climate activist who was chief guest commended TAU for coming up with the idea of encouraging people to plant trees and urging them to appreciate the importance of trees among communities saying other players need to emulate them.
HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS; [R-L] Vanessa Nakatte poses for a memorable photo with Dr.Charles Batte in the middle as Bright Saakwa the TAU program officer hands over a trophy to a lucky kid. This was shortly after the climate run at Makerere University rugby grounds on Sunday.
‘We would like to join hands to thank TAU for leading this noble cause of advocating for planting of indigenous trees in Bududa district and our message to the government is to increase its efforts of sensitizing communities about the need to appreciate the value of trees and nurture that spirit of protecting the existing ones while planting more’ noted Vanessa.
The chief administrative officer [CAO] Bududa district Namulondo Tappy on belief of her district thanked Dr. Batte with team for joining them in advocating for a better environment saying the issue of landslides continues to remain a big challenge for the district and welcomes such ventures that seek solutions to the problem.