Over reliance on charcoal killing environment – minister

Kampala- State minister for Environment Flavia Munaaba has urged scientists to devise means through which they can develop alternative sources of energy if Uganda is to win the war against environment degradation.

Ms Munaanba said efforts to stop environment degradation will end in vain because a number of Ugandans rely on biomass, which threatens the country’s forest resources at an unprecedented rate.

“Ninety per cent of Ugandans depend on unsustainable biomass resource exploitation, which has led to the loss of an estimated 90,000 hectares of forests annually,” she said.

The minister said this while officiating at the first ever International Climate Change Conference for Children organised by National Environment Management Authority and Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green in Kampala on Saturday.

She said the link between energy and development is fundamental because without energy access, it will be impossible for Uganda to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

Mr Don Innocent Wanyama, the Daily Monitor managing editor, who was a panelist, said the conference was timely because it targets children who are the future of Uganda.

The event attracted about 100 child delegates and more than 30 schools from Entebbe and Kampala

rmssebuyira@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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