Bunyoro Leaders Ought To Focus On Environmental Leadership

Bunyoro leaders should lobby from stakeholders on models to promote the conservation of natural resources. Bunyoro leaders should lobby from stakeholders on models to promote the conservation of natural resources.

By Sandra Atusinguza

With the commercial discoveries of oil and gas in the Albetinegraben, and the ongoing transition from exploration to development phase and a lot of environmental concerns have been observed and multiple yet to be experienced.

The recently concluded elections for parliament shall present Bunyoro parliamentary caucus with a majority of new leaders representing different constituencies, as a way to promote conservation of natural resources in the Albertine region, the new leaders should put efforts to link leadership and the natural environment.

The leaders' much work together with the parliamentary committee on natural resources and other ley players as oil host members of parliament not to ignore the complex era of environmental and social problems such as the ongoing destruction of forests like Bugoma, climate change evident in most flooded fishing landing sites rivers and wetlands, dry spells and massive destruction of other destructed ecosystems. 

We the voters are now demanding for environmental justice through enacting and implementing relevant policies and laws to safeguard the remaining protected or restore the already degraded ecosystems. The next stages in the oil and gas sector have huge negative impacts on the environment hence leaders must prioritize environmental issues to balance development and environment. 

Bunyoro leaders should lobby from stakeholders on models to promote the conservation of natural resources to enable co-existence of communities, wildlife and developments and also adopt strategies to communicate, understand and collaborate on diverse disciplines and traditions to find lasting solutions on problems of the environment. Environmental challenges might be limitless while resources used to meet the challenges are limited; leaders must prioritize environmental demands and needs of the Banyoro and Ugandans.

Sandra Atusinguza, AFIEGO FIELD-OFFICER 

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Last modified onMonday, 15 February 2021 22:40

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