Mbarara deputy Resident District Commissioner Moses Mwebesa and residents of Nyamitanga Division have faulted authorities charged with environmental protection of giving up the campaign to save River Rwizi from unfriendly human activities.
Sand mining in the river at Kirehe in Nyamitanga Division has made the river come close to changing course.
The residents say environmentalists focus on reclaiming and protecting sections of the river which are easily noticeable, neglecting sections deep in rural and hard to reach areas.
“Every now and again I hear that National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) is reclaiming catchment areas of the river and protecting its zones but sand mining has been here for years yet the miners have never been stopped,” said Mr Badru Kateba, a resident.
Wilmar International, one of the largest oilseeds corporations in the world is developing palm oil plantations in biodiverse islands off the coast of Lake Victoria, Uganda. The project is a partnership of Wilmar with the Government of Uganda, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Kenyan oilseeds company Bidco. The first phase of the project was completed in 2011, and despite a number of social and environmental problems raised1, the second phase of the project is currently going ahead.
Chemicals and chemical waste in the extractive sector pose a great risk to miners, communities around mining areas and the environment. Large swaps of land near mining areas are often degraded; miners and communities nearby develop health problems but may not immediately associate their health problems with the effects of mining processes.
NAPE carried out an investigation to assess the levels of awareness on harmful aspects of chemicals and chemicals waste and how workers in mines, the communities and the environment were being protected from such harm. This report reveals the reality in selected artisanal mines in Uganda.
The 2014 Trafficking in Persons report by the US Department of State placed Uganda as a source, transit and destination country for women and children subjected to sex trafficking.
sssgAlthough human trafficking is not new, it’s only just receiving official attention from the government. Recently, Gender minister Mary Karooro Okurut claimed Ugandan girls and women working abroad illegally were being sodomised and forced to breastfeed dogs.
Pope Francis said he is convinced that global warming is “mostly” man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make “courageous” decisions to protect God’s creation.
Francis has spoken out frequently about the “culture of waste” that has imperiled the environment and he elaborated en route to the Philippines. While there, Francis will meet with survivors of the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan, which the government has said was an example of the extreme weather conditions that global warming has wrought.
“I don’t know if it (human activity) is the only cause, but mostly, in great part, it is man who has slapped nature in the face,” he said. “We have in a sense taken over nature.”
“I think we have exploited nature too much,” Francis said, citing deforestation and monoculture. “Thanks be to God that today there are voices, so many people who are speaking out about it.”
Francis, who pledged on the day of his installation as pope to make the environment a priority, said he expected his encyclical on ecology to be released by June or July. He said he wanted it out in plenty of time to be read and absorbed before the next round of climate change negotiations opens in Paris in November after the last round in Lima, Peru, failed to reach an agreement.