As one of the activities to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity, the National Environment Management Authority is bent on restoring Mabira Forest.
The authority has often come under fire for reportedly looking on while encroachers destroy what used to be one of the country’s largest natural forests.
The day is being marked under the global theme; “From Agreement to Action: Build Back Biodiversity”.
This is the 23rd commemoration after in December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly adopted May 22, as IDB to honor the adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity on May 22, 1992 in Nairobi.
Uganda ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on September 8, 1993, and it was domesticated on December 29, the same year.
Meanwhile, David Cooper, the Acting Secretary of Convention on Biological Diversity has implored governments and businesses across the globe to formulate policies that will stop biodiversity loss by 2030.
He says this will clean our air and water, ensure food security, limit zoonotic diseases and help achieve the global vision of living in Harmony with nature by 2050.
“Governments need to urgently develop national targets to align with those of the framework and to put in place policies and programmes to achieve them,” Cooper said.
Uganda is among the about 196 countries which are Parties to CBD.