While addressing the Kampala Capital City Authority Tree Audit Conference, the Lord mayor, Erias Lukwago urged people to start growing trees in Kampala.
The Lord noted that there’s a rapid increase in urbanization caused mainly by a huge population through natural increases and people migrating from rural areas, but also experiencing a large increase in population.
Erias Lukwago said depending on Kampala’s increasing population of about 5.3%, all of us are witnesses to the changing face of Kampala city as new building projects and developments keep coming up.
This has created pressure on land and therefore changed into a restrained loss in a built-up green cover.
He told members that they were having a tree audit exercise which was conducted to initiate the urban tree stock willfully to expand suggestions for strengthening the same.
The audit was conducted in areas like Mulago, Kololo, Nakasero and Makerere. The tree count in these areas stood at more than 53,000 trees with over 325 species.
It’s however shocking that areas like Old taxi park, Luwum street and Ben Kiwanuka have no trees at all and I wonder where the oxygen in these areas come from,’said Lord Mayor.
Next week I will embark on a community tree planting drive to wrap up areas without enough trees, mostly in shackland, where the percentage of trees has been found very low.
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