The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has applauded the People of Kisoro for championing the Kisoro Go Green initiative as a measure to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change through restoring and protecting the environment.
The Premier said the consequences of environmental degradation such as drought, floods, landslides and loss of lives and property were now a reality in Kigezi and other parts of the country due to increased human activity such as tree cutting for timber, firewood and charcoal burning.
Dr Rugunda made the remarks while launching the Kisoro Go Green initiative at the Mayors Gardens in Kisoro Municipality
The Premier urged other Districts in Kigezi region and the entire country to emulate the people of Kisoro so that the environment can be restored and protected.
Dr Rugunda also congratulated the people of Kisoro for acquiring the Municipality status, adding that Kisoro is a centre of tourism.
The Mayor of Kisoro Municipality Ndyana Richard thanked Government for supporting the development of the municipality.
He requested Government to consider funding the municipality to upgrade its infrastructure such as roads and also make it a tourism city.
Herbert Mugisha the team leader Kisoro Go Green said the initiative was aimed at increasing the green cover of the district by planting 2 million trees by 2022.
He said their mission was to innovatively and effectively counteract effects of climate change, protect and enhance ecological diversity and support the development of local communities through participatory governance and corporate social responsibility.
The other activities to support the campaign include; the Kisoro Go Green Marathon, Go Green Cycling challenge and Go Green Expo which will be held between December 17th and 28th 2017.
The Kisoro Go Green launch was also attended by the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe, Minister of State of Regional Affairs Philemon Mateke, Top leadership of the UPDF, Members of Parliament, Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura and district leaders.