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Uganda: URCS implements DRR project in Mbale

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Written by Hasifa Kabejja

Tuesday, 01 March 2011 06:31

Mbale Branch with support from Danish Red Cross will implement a disaster risk reduction project that will mainly focus on tree planting in Nakaloke, Bubyangu, Lwasso and Busano parishes.

A total of 2,781 households in the above mentioned parishes will receive 20,153 mango, ovocado and grevellia tree seedlings that will be distributed in the next rain season that is expected this month.

"Each household will get about 7 seedlings, including 2 mango seedlings, 2 avocado seedlings and 3 Grenville seedlings. Progress has been registered in the area of community mobilization and sensitization in preparation for the next planting season that is expected to start this month," said Sophart Walimbwa, the Branch Coordinator Mbale.

Four community based disaster risk reduction groups with a total of 80 members have been formed in the selected communities to oversee the implementation of the project.

According to Mr. Walimbwa, 12 community meetings have been conducted to raise awareness on the project and participants have shown willingness to support its implementation.

The exercise is expected to reduce natural hazards in Mbale region that is prone to natural disasters such as landslides, earthquakes and floods due to its terrain but also human triggered hazards such as deforestation, poor farming methods.

A number of lives have been lost as a result of natural disasters in the region, the most recent being the 2010 landslides in Bududa district that killed over 300 people and displaced thousands.