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KCCA, Absa restore forest cover in Kyanja

As the world came together to commemorate World Environment Day on June 5, Absa Bank Uganda and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) jointly planted 3,300 trees at KCCA’s Agricultural Resource Center, Kyanja situated on an expanse of 4.9 acres.  

This year’s World Environment Day was focused on land restoration, desertification and drought resilience under the slogan “Our land. Our future. We are #GenerationRestoration.”  

According to KCCA, with an existing urbanisation rate of 5.5 per cent, it is projected that the urban population in Kampala and the Greater Kampala Metropolitan area combined is likely to increase to 8 million people by 2040.

Kampala’s high rate of urbanization has also presented several challenges including loss of wetland biodiversity, destruction of habitats, deterioration of water quality and have largely impeded natural drainage patterns of the landscape leading to frequent floods in most urban centers, including Kampala.

Speaking during the tree planting exercise, KCCA’s head of the Landscaping Unit,  which is responsible for greening the city in terms of planting trees, flowers and maintaining the green spaces, Isaac Mugumbule said the authority intends to continue improving the quality of life of city residents through efforts under the Greening Kampala initiative.

“Kampala City is home to over 40 per cent of the total national urban population and the increased population in the city has triggered excessive demand for infrastructure development directly impacting land and other environment resources inclusive of all ecologically sensitive areas. KCCA is working towards the development of a green and clean environment that befits attributes of a modern city which is climate resilient.  We therefore call upon more partners to support this initiative,” he said.

Mugumbule added that there are looking at setting up micro forests where they plant trees to form a small forest within an urban area.
The trees are going to be looked after by KCCA’s over 250 foresters who after planting are going to map these trees so that they can easily nurture and maintain them.

This tree planting activity was held under a five year partnership between KCCA and Absa Bank Uganda through which the bank has dedicated Shs 490 million focused on three areas of intervention namely, supporting environmental sustainability, skilling of women and youth and behavioural change communication.

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