By Weswa Ronnie
The government of Uganda under the ministry of environment and natural resources is planning to survey all wetlands in Mbale district.
speaking to our reporter in an exclusive interview, Paul Mafabi the national coordinator of natural wetland management revealed that they are aiming at protecting wetlands because people are currently using them to carry out illegal activities like brick making, farming among others.
the targeted wetlands in Mbale that are to be surveyed are Manafwa wetland located in Busiu Sub County, Namatala wetland in Namabasa Sub County and Nagerima wetland in Nakoloke Sub County.
Charles Wakube the Mbale district environmental officer adds that the exercise starts at Nagerima wetland before the end of September.
He also said that they will first engage Local leaders like LCs and landowners at those wetlands before the survey works.
Ogajjo Baraza the resident district commissioner of Mbale district urged locals to embrace the program confirming that they remain owners of the land.
He also said that the purpose of this survey exercise is to identify the number of wetlands and regulate illegal users which may lead them extinction in the coming few years yet they help to cool the environment, filter water and they are homes of world animals among other uses.
Baraza also said that after the survey, landowners will be advised to use their wetlands in legal activities like fish farming rather than growing crops like rice, sugar canes among others which are none profitable and destroy the wetland.