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FORT PORTAL LEADERS EMBARK ON RESTORING DEPLETED WETLANDS

By Our Reporter

FORT PORTAL: Authorities in Fort Portal city have embarked on plans of restoring all the depleted wetlands by encroachers in the city that are currently under threat of extinction.

The Fort Portal city senior planner, Samuel Musana said they are now working on a physical development plan that will guide in mitigating encroachment on wetlands.

Musana said for any new structure to come up in the city, the developer will be required to get permission from the relevant city authorities.

During monitoring and supervision on the encroached wetlands, the city authorities led by the Resident City Commissioner, Angalia Kasigwa Godwin and the City Mayor, Edison Asaba Ruyonga, demolished some illegal structures and other developers halted and made to record statements at police.

In addition, all human illegal activities near the wetlands were halted.

Angalia said that more structures will be demolished to ensure there are no more illegal developments in wetlands.

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He said all developments should be approved by the City Authority and should have carried out Environmental and social Impact assessment approved by NEMA .

Angalia added that degrading the environment has impacted much on climate change which is affecting the country and there is an urgent need to take action.

‘’President Museveni gave a directive to protect wetlands from encroachers,’’ he asserted.

Among the encroached areas are the river banks of River Mpanga which passes in the middle of the town, River Mugunu, Nyakimya swamp, Fort Portal forest reserve, Kitembe, Buhwaiga wetland among others.

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