Ministry of Water and Environment Launches Water Week in Fort Portal.

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The ministry of Water and Environment has kicked off a one-week engagement roadmap aimed at rallying Ugandans in conserving the environment and embracing a healthy living.

The initiative also seeks to educate the public about the importance of preserving water resources and promoting sustainable practices to ensure access to clean water for future generations.

The week-long event which kicked off Monday (February 26) with a walk around Fort Portal city and thereafter a tree planting exercise will end on 4th Match.

Orijabo Albert, the assistant commissioner directorate of Water and Resource Management in the ministry of Water and Environment said the engagement comes at a time when there are emerging threats of climate change and population growth in the region that needs to be addressed.

The assistant commissioner reveals they have already developed River Nyamwamba catchment plan that intends to identify stakeholders along the catchment and enlighten them on how they can mutually lead dynamics of the hydrological systems.

Community clean-up drives and tree planting initiatives are also scheduled throughout the week to promote environmental stewardship and enhance the resilience of local ecosystems.

Dr. Brian Guma, a team leader at the Albert Water Management Zone under the ministry of Water and Environment, these hands on activities encourage active participation from citizens and foster a sense of collective responsibility towards environmental protection.

The Water Week campaign will also serve as a platform for stakeholders to discuss policy frameworks, innovative technologies, and funding mechanisms to support water conservation efforts in the region.

Alex Ruhunda, the member of parliament who also doubles as the member of the Committee of parliament on Resource Management challenged Civil workers to put more efforts in programs that conserve the environment.

The week commemorates three sector days which include World Water Day, the World Forestry day and the World Meteorological day.

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