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Govt asked to rebrand Mt ElgonPublish Date: Dec 18, 2013
Govt asked to rebrand Mt Elgon
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Mt. Elgon in the background

By Darious Magara and Agnes Nantambi

The Government has been asked to turn Mt Elgon area into a world heritage site so that it can attract better funding and be well managed.

The civil society organization leaders said the move would also help to protect the population in the mountain which is at the risk of disasters.

The mountain has in the past experienced disasters such as landslides, leaving several people killed and property worth millions of shillings destroyed.

Hussein Kato Matanda , the chairman of Mountain Elgon stakeholders forum and RDC of Sironko district said the area needs to be turned into a Ramsar site.

Matanda complained that civil servants working in the environment sector especially at district level are poorly funded calling it scandalous.

“It is scandalous for government to fail to facilitate its staff, and the environment gets the least share of the budget compared to sectors such as agriculture and roads,” he said.

The chairman made the remarks during the International mountain day celebrations at the Golf course hotel in Kampala.

Matanda said there is need for massive sensitization of the inhabitants of Mt Elgon so that they help in mitigating the causes of disasters.

During the days celebrations the state minister for Environment Flavia Munaaba Nabudere also launched a vulnerability impact assessment report for Mt Elgon eco-system.
The report was developed under the eco-system based adaptation project that is aimed coming with possible solutions for mountainous problems.

Stephen Sikor the Sironko district Natural Resources officer complained that due to poor funding they cannot implement planned activities yet they are blamed when disasters strike.

“We are blamed of poor response when disaster strike, but we have to be facilitated in order to be effective,” he added.

Paul Mafabi the director of Environmental affairs in the ministry of Water and Environment said, they are planning a study on the use of natural resources to the economy so that the ministry can use their findings  for funding.

He said natural resources help in the extraction of power from dams and many other values to the economy and that the study which will be sponsored by the World Bank will bring out the details of the use of the natural resources sector.


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