By Rehema Naggujja
Kampala Lordmayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago together with Kampala division urban mayors, Rotary club of Kampala Metropolitan and People of Kampala have planted a trees along Gadhafi road to mark World Cities day.
Since 2013 resolution of the UN general Assembly, World Cities Day is commemorated every October 30. The theme for World Cities Day 2021 is Adapting Cities for Climate Resilience reflecting the fact that climate change will have a huge impact on city residents.
Lordmayor noted that Kampala is setting an ordinance to regulate City Green Infrastructure which is before council second reading . In this Ordinance of the Kampala City Green Infrastructure, KCCA will be able to provide for the management and control of Urban green Infrastructure and generally to make Kampala green.
“…..to aprove your plan, at the particular peace of land must be green and if you don’t comply with it, then your structure must be brought down so that people get to understand the important of having green in our community”. Lordmayor said.
He added that as KCCA to plant trees on every road that is being constructed in the city including those sponsored by World Bank like Kasubi, Makere hill road among others.
Trees to be planted are those that absorves carbondioxide while tree fruits to be planted along Schools, Hospitals and Worshipping centers among others.
Kampala is increasingly suffering the effects of Climate related challenges such as floods, Droughts, Storms among others while world wide cities are experiencing Floods, rising sea levels, storms, heatwaves, landslides and increasing periods of extreme temperature.
Creating more sustainable climate resilient societies involves addressing a range if issues including poverty reduction, ensuring basic services livelihoods, the provision of accessible, affordable and adequate housing, investing in infrastructure, upgrading informal settlements and managing ecosystems.