One Million Trees Planted by Corporate Companies in Uganda

The Ministry of Water and Environment in partnership with private sector stakeholders including Uganda Breweries Limited, Stanbic Bank Uganda, Total Energies EP Uganda, Development and civil society

partners among others have once again held a national tree planting day as part of the ROOTS – Running Out of Trees campaign.

During the campaign one million trees were planted at St Francis Xavier, Bweya Kajjansi which is along the shores of Lake Victoria, a major water catchment area in Uganda.

The tree planting exercise that was presided over by the Minister of Water and Environment Sam Cheptoris who represented President Museveni attracted other high-level dignitaries like the European Union (EU) Ambassador

Jan Sadek.

Speaking at the tree planting activity, Cheptoris highlighted this year’s theme ‘Conserving Uganda’s tree species diversity through the establishment of tree seed banks’ which serves to remind us of our bio-diversity and

unique heritage that provides us with food, medicine, building materials, fiber and economic support for our well-being, to withstand climate change.

“Ministry of Water and Environment pledges to sustain the mobilization of private, public, civil society and development partners under the ROOTS umbrella, as a means of collectively tackling the current climate change

issues. Geo-tracking of trees is also critical to the ROOTS initiative.”

The ROOTs campaign, which seeks to plant trees in five years, is geared towards soliciting commitments from the private sector to support government’s initiative to restore forest cover in Uganda.

By the end of 2025 over 40 million trees will have been planted and thus seizing an estimated 15 million tons of carbon.

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Suleiman Ngondi, Uganda Breweries Sustainability, and Communications Manager, reiterated the company’s responsibility as a people to plant trees and the magic that crucial partnerships like this have made to achieve this purpose.

“Planting trees is one of the most important and impactful actions we can take to sustain our planet. We also understand how crucial partnerships are in increasing the scale and impact of programs and are grateful for all private sector players that heeded our call to join government on this program.”