Tuesday June 10 2014

WB donates Shs520m for L. Victoria protection

By Issa Aliga

Masaka- Masaka District has received Shs520 million from the World Bank to plant trees on Lake Victoria basin and restore wetlands.

Speaking during the launch of the programme at the St Bruno Ssaza Primary School in Masaka last week, environment officer Rose Nakyegwe said the project will be implemented under the Lake Victoria Environment Management Project phase II.

Ms Nakyegwe said the district has started planting trees at Manwa Forest Reserve, Gambuze, Lwensunsu in Bukakata Sub-county and Nabajjuzi swamp to restore their ecological status.
“We also want to sensitise the people living close to the areas about adopting alternative sources of income and energy,” she said.

The environment officer advised them to adopt alternatives such as poultry keeping, dairy keeping and using bio-gas to cook.

Ms Nakyegwe also said fishermen will be encouraged to start fish farming in their own ponds instead of depending on Lake Victoria.