With the second phase of the municipality development grant under World Bank funded Support to Municipal Infrastructural Development (USMID), Hoima has embarked on a tree planting venture dubbed “Paint Hoima Green”.
Hoima Municipality authorities have already awarded a contract to Tokor Engineering Company to beautify the town by planting trees and compound grass along different streets in the municipality.
Mrs.Grace Mugasa, the Hoima Municipality Mayor says the trees to be planted will be indigenous species like Mvule, Mahogany and Terminalia that will help in conserving the environment, mitigate the effects of climate change and improve air quality by producing oxygen, trapping dust and other pollutants.
According to Mrs Mugasa, the areas around the municipality have been faced with changes in rain pattern due to lack of trees yet a few trees that exist are cut down causing climate change.
She has hailed Community Green Radio for running programs that teach the community to conserve the environment.
“People cut trees but they don’t plant yet we are already experiencing the effects of climate change, so let’s promote the culture of planting trees in our areas of residence and other surrounding areas,” she noted.
Hoima District Environmental officer, Joseline Nyangoma, has commended municipal authorities for the initiative adding that environmental conservation is a collective responsibility.
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