DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

LET US SAVE UGANDA (LUSU) Department of Environment and Natural Resources is a very essential unit of the Organization that satisfies the core values of LUSU. According to LUSU's survey and analysis, the major environmental problems facing developing countries particularly Uganda include: poor waste and sanitation management, overgrazing, deforestation, reclaiming of fragile ecosystems, primitive and substandard agricultural practices, all that have lead to soil erosion and deterioration of various ecosystems and life forms. Attempts towards controlling the propagation of pests in the country have involved the use of hazardous chemicals that have very direct negative impacts on the environment and natural resources. The nation's water quality and quantity supply is threatened by toxic agricultural and industrial pollutants; and poor waste management practices especially in urban areas of the country. This is very much problematic and a head bullet on life form since water is a very greatest necessity for all life forms.

Poaching of protected rare, threatened and endangered animals is widespread as much as Government Agencies are trying hard to minimize the problem. Uganda's three national parks total over 6,300 sq km (2,400 sq mi). As of 2001, 7.9% of Uganda's total land area was protected. The same year, 18 of the nation's mammal species and 10 of the nation's bird species were endangered, as well as 8 species of plants. Endangered or extinct species include the mountain gorilla, northern white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, and Nile crocodile, a serious issue that needs all of us to address.

LUSU Department of Environment and Natural Resources is and will be doing anything possible to raise awareness and understanding for respect to life of all life forms. All the people must know that all life forms on earth are very important and each one of them has its fundamental role that it plays. We should also understand that an absence of any life form creates an imbalance in the entire ecosystem and may lead to a disaster. You will never tell why we are facing multiple of challenges than ever that are seriously stretching our necks and minds.

In 1996 for example, water hyacinth growth created a serious environmental and economic problem on Lake Victoria and raised fear in the Great Lakes Region as it directly affected the life of the lake and its dependants. By some estimates, the hyacinths covered 6,000 ha (14,820 acres) of water, still less than 0.1% of the lake. When the masses of hyacinths drifted into Uganda's ports and coves, they impair the local fishing, trap small boats in ports, and kept fish under the plants. The weed invasion has also been known to affect cargo boat and ferry transportation by fouling engines and propellers and making docking difficult.

Why then not join LUSU and plan together sustainable strategies and we sustain for the future? The future begins with us the present generation. We hold the future of the next generations in our hands. Should we have humans as ones in the categories of endangered, threatened and rare species? Should we keep quiet and we destroy ourselves? Or we must join hands and fight for all life forms on earth. Yes, lets do it and we ensure balanced ecosystems for the survival of the environment and for the production and promotion of adequate and better sustaining natural resources for sustainable livelihoods for us and the generations to come.

"Together We Must Sustain for the Future."

In fostering Disaster Preparedness in Uganda, LUSU is and will be involved in many types of activities, including:

  • The monitoring of potential disaster risk factors and vulnerable disaster environments;
  • The development and regular testing of contingency plans;
  • The fundraising for the establishment of emergency funds to support preparedness, response and recovery project activities;
  • The development of coordinated community based approaches for effective disaster management response at all administrative levels in communities; and
  • Continuous dialogue between response agencies, planners and policy-makers, and development organizations Locally, Nationally, Regionally and Internationally.
  • LUSU also focuses at conducting regular disaster preparedness exercises as a key to ensuring rapid and effective disaster response in communities for quick and consistent adoptability to a sustainable disaster preparedness and management strategy.
  • LUSU emphasizes the adaption of effective preparedness plans and organization at all levels to help cope up with a number of small and medium-sized disasters that repeatedly occur in so many communities in Uganda.

However, you should note that natural hazards cannot be prevented, but it is possible and it's our responsibility to reduce their impacts by reducing the vulnerability of people and their livelihoods in Uganda.

LUSU Disaster Preparedness and Management Department was created to provide theoretical and practical guidance on how Ugandans can meet and overcome the challenges of being prepared to respond to disasters as prescribed in the above Priority areas of Action.