Scouts to Plant 50 Million Trees

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The plan by Uganda Scouts Association to plant trees and protect the environment comes amidst reports that the country has lost nearly a third of its forests in the last two decades and could lose most of its tree cover in about 40 years unless measures are taken to reverse the situation.

The Uganda Scouts Association plans to plant fifty million trees across the country within the next eight years under the Greening Uganda project. 

The Chief Commissioner of Uganda Scouts, General Edward Katumba Wamala revealed this at a press briefing at Uganda Media Center ahead of the Kaazi National Scouts Training and Campsite scheduled for August 25th to September 1 2017.

 
According to Katumba, the Greening Uganda Campaign will run under the theme, "every scout plant two trees every year". There are approximately two million young scouts across the country, majority of whom are still in school. "Scouting has helped in equipping the youths in areas of self-discipline volunteerism and group participation, agriculture, food security, solid waste and waste water management, leadership and entrepreneurship skills", he said.

The tree planting campaign will be bankrolled by Life Change Mindsets. The plan by Uganda Scouts Association to plant trees and protect the environment comes amidst reports that the country has lost nearly a third of its forests in the last two decades and could lose most of its tree cover in about 40 years unless measures are taken to reverse the situation.

 
The main victims, however, would be farmers and the poorest of the poor since desertification would tamper with the country's food security because of erratic rainfall and rampant floods.

Suzan Onek, a member of Uganda Scouts Association, says their aim is to contribute to the education of young people through different activities so as to create a better world through leading a uniformed youth educational movement that will enable them to be active citizens by creating positive change in their communities and country based on shared values.