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EAC delegation in Uganda for World Environment Day celebrations

By Vision Reporter

Added 5th June 2015 01:07 PM

A delegation from East African Community (EAC) partner states, are joining Ugandans to celebrate World Environment Day in Rakai district.

EAC delegation in Uganda for World Environment Day celebrations

A delegation from East African Community (EAC) partner states, are joining Ugandans to celebrate World Environment Day in Rakai district.

By Francis Emorut                                                               

A delegation from East African Community (EAC) partner states, are joining Ugandans to celebrate World Environment Day in Rakai district.

The delegation from Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania has been in the country for joint exchange visit on Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project phase II (LVEMPII).

The LVEMPII aims at improving the collaborative management of the trans-boundary natural resources of the Lake Victoria basin among partner states as well as improvement of environmental management of targeted pollution hotspots to benefit communities who depend on natural resources of the lake's basin.

According to the head of the delegation Dr. Canisius Kanangire, the executive secretary of EAC Lake Victoria Basin Commission secretariat, the exchange visit has coincided with the World Environment Day celebrations.

The celebrations are held under the theme: "35 million people. Limited Resources. Consume with care."

The national celebrations will take place at Sacred Heart Kiteredde Senior Secondary School in Kyotera town council, Rakai district.

The delegation from EAC partner states will participate in tree planting to commemorate the World Environment Day.

Meanwhile during the exchange visit, the delegation paid field visits to the districts of Rakai, Masaka and Kalungu to assess the progress of community driven development sub-projects supported by LVEMPII-Uganda.

The delegates interacted with district leaders and lauded them for the political support rendered to community based initiated projects such as tree planting, aquaculture, poultry and use of energy saving stoves initiative among others.

"We appreciate the political support given to the projects and this has resulted to their sustainability," Kanangire said.

 
Florence Adong (left), Dr. Canisius, William Wabula and Agnes Yobterik addressing a press briefing for  EAC partner states  at Brovad Hotel in Masaka.


The delegation also praised Uganda for its commitment to ensure that social and economic status of people living around Lake Victoria Basin is improved.

"We are impressed by the way government has supported the communities who depend on the natural resources of Lake Victoria," Agnes Yobterik the director programs, projects and strategic initiatives LVEMPII-Kenya said.

The heads of delegation from the five countries emphasized the need to sensitize the populace on environment conservation because it's key for economic development.

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