New Nema board members tipped [Daily Monitor, The (Uganda)]
(Daily Monitor, The (Uganda) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Kampala
Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has urged the new National Environment Management Authority (Nema) Board of Directors to develop and maintain natural resources to serve the current and future generations.
The 12-member team, which will be the 6th since the authority was established in 1995, was sworn in yesterday. "Natural resources are the base for our country's growth, so they must be managed sustainably.
You must develop them to serve the needs of the current and future generations," Mr Mbabazi said in a speech read for him by the minister of Water and Tourism, Prof Ephraim Kamuntu. He said the degree of environment degradation is alarming as a result of using firewood and charcoal. Prof Kamuntu urged the new board to push for tree planting and harvesting rain water.
The new board chairperson, Mr Nyeko Pen-Mogi, said Nema still finds it a challenge to stop encroachers when the government gives away wetlands to industrialists. "Most swamps are being converted into industries, which is making it hard to stop other developers from encroaching on wetlands," he said.
Mr Penmogi said he wanted an in-depth investigation in continuous exotic tree species that are slowly being replaced with natural trees.
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