Uganda’s Forest and Wetland Cover


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Charcoal burning inside Kagadi forest.

Uganda’s Forest and Wetland Cover in Focus On World Environment Day

The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda joins the rest of the world today to mark World Environment day, designated by the United Nations to be on June 5 to enlighten countries on the importance of everyone preserving and enhancing the environment.

The day, according to the UN, was to make people aware that the protection and improvement of the human environment is a major issue, which affects the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world.

The theme for 2017, ‘Connecting People to Nature’, urges people to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and think about how human beings are part of nature and intimately depend on it.

In Uganda, Ibanda district will be the host of the World Environment day under the national theme, “Connect to Nature, Appreciate Biodiversity”.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

In regard to the environment, Goal 14 calls for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources, while Goal 15 calls for the sustainable management of forests, combating desertification, halting and reversing land degradation and loss of biodiversity.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.