Ahead of the World Environment Day on June 5, Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) in partnership with the ministry of Water & Environment and Tree Adoption Uganda (TAU) last Friday planted 5,000 trees in Nakaseke district.
The activity is part of the initiative to support the 5-year national tree-planting campaign, Running out of Trees (ROOTs) which aims to plant 200 million trees by 2025.
In 2020, the ministry of Water launched the ROOTs campaign to engage local stakeholders in both the public and private sector in making a contribution towards attaining national restoration goals. This year, the ministry aims to plant over 40 million trees. UBL, on top of this 5000-tree planting initiative, has already contributed Shs 330 million to this initiative which is the equivalent of growing and maintaining 2,200,000 trees.
UBL’s top executives, together with a team of over 30 staff from the E–Green Team, planted at least 5,000 tree seedlings on 75 hectares of land with an aim of restoring forest cover within forest reserves in the Lake Victoria Basin catchment area.
UBL head of communications & sustainability, David Onyango emphasized the need to create good relations with the environment so as to fight the negative effects brought about by the mismanagement of the ecosystem.
“Uganda’s catchment areas are vital in providing livelihoods to millions of Ugandans through activities like fishing, trade and providing fresh water. It, therefore, has become a necessity for Uganda Breweries every couple of years to recommit to tree planting activities in these areas in order to continue to support communities that depend on the lake for their daily bread. We strongly believe that for effective environmental management, improving the livelihoods of people is the first step in the right direction to sustainable growth,” said Onyango.
Earlier in 2018, UBL through its Water of Life initiative signed a partnership with the National Forestry Authority (NFA) and Rotary Uganda worth over Shs 200 million to jointly restore Gangu and Nawandigi forest reserves in Mpigi district and other forest reserves.