- Buganda Kingdom and UBF Join Forces to Promote Indigenous Trees
- Campaign to Grow Indigenous Trees Launched in the Kingdom
- Buganda’s Ekibira kya Kabaka Initiative: Restoring Indigenous Trees
Buganda Kingdom has teamed up with the Uganda Biodiversity Fund (UBF) to start a significant project aimed at growing indigenous trees across the kingdom. This five-year initiative, known as “Ekibira kya Kabaka,” is part of broader efforts to restore Uganda’s biodiversity and combat the impacts of climate change caused by environmental degradation. The campaign will receive support from organizations such as the World Wide Fund (WWF), Absa Bank, Crown Beverages Company, the Rotary Fraternity, and several schools.
Under the Ekibira kya Kabaka initiative, indigenous tree species will be planted, starting from county headquarters and extending to sub-counties, parishes, and all of Buganda’s institutions, including schools and health centers.
Mr. Peter Charles Mayiga, the Prime Minister of Buganda Kingdom, emphasized the importance of Ugandans taking an active interest in environmental preservation. He stated, “It is the collective responsibility of the people to restore this beauty, which has been significantly damaged according to statistics from the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA).”
Mayiga pointed out that the campaign aligns with a resolution passed by the Buganda Parliament, Lukiiko, which mandates the planting of a tree at every social and cultural event in the region, including funerals.
Nicholas Magara, the Commissioner for Environment in the Ministry of Environment, acknowledged that Buganda is a densely populated and heavily industrialized region contributing to environmental degradation. He commended the Kingdom and UBF for their efforts in addressing climate change and encouraged other cultural institutions to follow suit.
Ivan Amanigaruhanga, the UBF Executive Director, highlighted the significance of the initiative as a model for the entire country, demonstrating how culture can contribute to responsive intervention policies and financing for biodiversity conservation. He stated, “Buganda is paving the way and providing a much-needed example to other kingdoms.”