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WWF, Nile Breweries commemorate R.Rwizi restoration

Adu Rando, managing director of Nile Breweries and Ivan Tumuhimbise (R), the country director of WWF display the R.Rwizi restoration report

Adu Rando, managing director of Nile Breweries and Ivan Tumuhimbise (R), the country director of WWF display the R.Rwizi restoration report

This year’s World Environment Day was marked on June 5. And true to its significance, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) office of Uganda used this time to remind the general public about how having a good environment is pertinent for the survival of mankind.

At a joint press conference held at Nile Breweries Limited premises in Luzira in Kampala, WWF and Nile Breweries announced the milestones they have attained over the last few years in their cause to restore River Rwizi in southwestern Uganda.

Since 2019, Nile Breweries and WWF have been on a campaign to save River Rwizi from further degradation. This water source has over the years suffered a lot from run-off pollution - leading to a rise in water levels and break-up of the river banks hence causing artificial floods.

The situation was worsened over the years by increased human activity where natives cleared the buffer vegetation and trees along the river banks to provide space for crop farming. This not only affected the quality but also the quantity of the water in the river. 

Adu Rando, Nile Breweries managing director now has good news. “We have rehabilitated the catchment area and addressed not only the environmental degradation but also the socio-economic impacts on the communities. We have restored the environment around river Rwizi by planting trees stretching 27 kilometres. This restoration will lead to significant improvements in water security and quality,” he said.

Nile Breweries' beer plant is one of the biggest consumers of R.Rwizi waters. Ivan Tumuhimbise, the WWF Uganda country director commended Nile Breweries for being a dedicated corporate company with great potential to reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on earth.

“But at the same time, Nile Breweries have shown the ability to find solutions to the conservation challenges of this time, such as deforestation, over-fishing, water scarcity, and climate change,” Tumuhimbise said.

Tumuhimbise noted that WWF will continue to collaborate on activities with Nile Breweries, including water risk assessments, sustainable agricultural practices, and community engagement on the R.Rwizi conservation.

jovi@observer.ug

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