“Tree Planted, Future Granted”
ABOUT THE 10 MILLION TREE PLANTING CAMPAIGN
National Water and Sewerage Corporation has started a Tree Planting Revolution which aims to take corrective measures to aid ecological sustainability and manage natural resources appropriately. In simple terms, save the environment. The corporation is running one of the country’s biggest go-green campaigns, planting at least 10 Million trees by 2023 under the theme, “A Tree Planted, a future Granted”. This plan to plant 10 million trees is anchored on its Corporate Plan 2021 – 2026 and the Public Relations & Corporate Communications Action Plan 2021.
The initiative aims to tackle the effects of adverse climatic change and variability that have had great impact on the water bodies and thus constraining NWSC’s raw water extraction and affecting its supply reliability, leading to customer dissatisfac- tion. These millions of trees will be planted in two (2) phases. Phase 1 will run for the first two and a half years and phase two will run for the next two and a half years.
“Tree Planted, Future Granted”
Partnering with the National Forestry Authority (NFA), Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF), School Water and Sanitation Clubs (SWAS), Young Water Professionals (YWPs) Uganda Chapter, ATWATSAN and of course, the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE), NWSC registered great strides in the campaign with over seven hundred ninety-five thousand and three hundred trees (795,300) planted in the first five days.
NFA for one, secured over 2 Million trees which were allocated to the different Areas under NWSC’s jurisdiction within the first week of the campaign alone. UPDF planted a record 5000 trees in just a day at Kasijagirwa Barracks but the young ambassadors under the SWAS initiative are a force to reckon with, planting hundreds of thousands daily. Notably, this tree planting campaign will also focus on restoration of depleted forests. Additionally, businesses whose activities degrade the environment will be encouraged to participate in environmental restoration. 30% progress was registered in merely the first 5 days of the campaign. The first phase registered great success as well. So, the campaign is without a doubt taking shape and bound to be a success. This is a revolution.
Tackle the effects of adverse climatic change
Actively participate in tree planting for environmental and ecological sustainability.
To diminish the unfavourable effects of climate change.
PLANTED IS 1,203,649 AND THE TARGET IS 10,000,000 TREES
DR. ENG. SILVER MUGISHA
Ensuring reliable and sustainable supply of clean safe water to all Ugandans is what National Water and Sewerage Corporation lives for and is committed to. The idea of tapping into a tree planting revolution to achieve our goal of Water for all, is not far-fetched but rather just what we need right now in an era where global warming and climate change have dominat- ed major waves and continue fuel the global water scarcity crisis.
With the NWSC Tree-volution campaign, we are not only restoring the ecosystem but also ensuring that each and every one has access to clean safe water whose availability is determined by a reliable water cycle meant to serve water sources because undebatable is the fact that forests, when managed properly, can increase resilience of water supply to enable adaptation to global change. This campaign is therefore a call for action and we cannot thank our partners enough for joining and aiding this campaign. To; The Ministry of Water and Environment, NFA, UPDF, P4WATSAN, SWAS Clubs, YWPs, SOGEA SATOM and our esteemed customers, thank you. Join the tree planting revolution. Let there be a tree for each customer, a forest for each corporation and grant Uganda a future.
MRS. SYLVIA .A. TUMUHEIRWE
THE DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR FINANCE AND CORPORATE STRATEGY
Tree planting can without a doubt resolve a great deal of ecological problems ranging from soil health and quality, land degradation and desertifi- cation but very vital is the provision of clean water through an increased and reliable water cycle. That is why NWSC has embarked on a nation wide tree plantingcampaign; “the NWSC Treevolution”. A campaign that will see to each and every customer joining the revolution to green Uganda and guarantee a future with “Water for all” and an environment to live in.
Our customer is king and the reason we exist. We intend to delight our customers with reliable services and ensure their livelihood. Let’s join the NWSC Tree-volution and contribute to the future.
ENG. MAHMOOD LUTAAYA
GENERAL MANAGER KAMPALA WATER
Planting a tree is one of the easiest and most powerful things you can do to have a positive impact on the environment and oneself. From their leaves, bark and roots, tress nurture both the environment and human beings. It is essential to understand the climate crisis that we currently face so through the NWSC Green Tree-volution, National Water and Sewerage Corporation is taking a stand to nurture the environment, water sources and her customers’ wellbeing.
Why should you plant a tree? Why not! They benefit us by purifying water, air and creating better social conditions.
Kampala Water on joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World Environment Day (5th June) by offering trees to her customers.
Under the 2021 global theme ‘Reimagine. Recreate. Restore’ with a focal point on ecosystem restoration, Kampala metropolitan service area celebrated the day under an initiative dubbed “Green Connect- A tree for every customer” and a contribution to the “NWSC GREEN TREEVOLUTION” aimed at planting over 10 Million Trees nation-wide.
The day’s event was championed by staff in all the 24 branches of Kampala Water who mobilized identified customers in their respective branches that would be interested in joining the greening revolution.
A number of customers and big consumers received medicinal, shade and fruit trees, with some notable names taking part such as:
The Rt. Hon Speaker of Parliament – Jacob Oulanya, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Multimillionaire and renown business guru- Sudhir Ruparelia, among others. Customers welcomed the exercise, shared positive feedback and commended NWSC for taking measures to preserve the environment.
mpressively, an ArcGIS Collector app was employed to monitor the entire day’s activities and, to ensure every tree planted is cared for, the ArcGIS Collector app was utilized to capture location coordinates for where every tree was planted and phone contacts for customers caring for them, making monitoring and evaluation a piece of cake.
Statistics show that Uganda is reducing its forest cover by 3% every year and it is estimated in 25 years, the country will have no forest cover. The effects of deforestation are currently evident with the ongoing global warming, greenhouse gases, carbon emissions and soil erosion in the country.