- Trees have continued to be cut indiscriminately by locals across the region in quest for money, which has left most parts bare
- Most of the water points have become seasonal as opposed to the past because their catchment areas have been destroyed
- Many people still abdicate from their responsibility of keeping the environment clean as they dump left-overs and kaveeras improperly
- Environment finds a surging momentum in global efforts to address plastic pollution
West Nile-Today, is the World Environment day where government, Non governmental Organisations and Civil Society organisations across Uganda especially reflect on how to reclaim the environment that has already been destroyed by human beings.
The destruction of environment in various forms either through pollution, cutting down of trees for charcoal and timber for business, settlement on wetlands, have posed a great danger to livelihood of both humans and animals. As a result, many water points across the sub-region in West Nile have dried up and are now seasonal as opposed to the situation over 20 years ago. It has become difficult to reclaim some of the wetlands because of the love for money. West Nile Press Editorial team brings you pictorial of the situation in West Nile.
A man who got concerned with the dumping of solid wastes of tobacco that ended up burning the grass in a forest in Ewuata, on the outskirts of Arua town. The forest has become a place for dumping of all sorts of rubbish. The danger is also that the near by swamp that feeds into River Osu is contaminated with garbage. Photo by Aluma Aribo.
Women selling charcoal on Pakwach-Nebbi road in Arua district. Many families survive on charcoal burning as a main source of income while disregarding the negative effects of their activities. The district ordinance that was passed in 2010 has become redundant after the charcoal burners returned to full-scale activity. The district only implemented the ban on sale of charcoal for only six months and are now relaxed to continue with the ban. Photo by Aluma Aribo.
A group of children selling tree seedlings as a way of encouraging people to conserve environment. Non Governmental Organisations like World Wide Fund and Uganda Government have been encouraging people to plant the trees to replace what they have cut down. The children too are concerned of the level of environmental destruction. Photo by Felix
A car emits smoke as it passes by in Arua town. This smoke endangers the lives of the road users and it is as a health hazard. Such environmental pollution are rarely controlled by the various municipal or town council authorities or police. Photo by Felix.
Workers at the solid waste treatment plant for Arua Municipality in Ewuata. Despite this solid waste plant in place, the locals of Arua town have continued to dump garbage in uncontrolled manner. The plant now provides manure especially for the farmers who buy it from the council. This has also become a source of income for both the workers who sort out the garbage and the council. Photo by Felix.
Some of the Patriotic club members in Arua planting trees at Arua primary school. Various groups in both primary and secondary schools have been formed to save the environment through planting of trees. In the current generation, most schools do not have forests near their compounds as most of them have been cut off for firewood. Photo by Aluma Aribo.
The popular Mount Wati in Arua district that has been heavily encroached by the people living around it. The trees have been cut down for charcoal, firewood and now turned into grazing land and farming. The bare land now pose a danger of running water or mudslide to affect those living below the mountain. Photo by Felix.