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Wetland Encroachers Abandon Project In Kole District

viernes, 24 de marzo de 2017

By Okai Ambrose

Over thirty wetland encroachers in Akalo sub county Kole district have voluntarily surrendered themselves to the Sub county authorities for fear of being reprimanded for cultivating in the wetland.

Jonh Oculi, the Akalo sub county chairman says that as sub county, they decided to introduce massive community sensitization after observing a rise in the wetland cultivation in the parish of Bar Akalo where more than 69 acres of wetland was degraded.

He explained that besides cultivating on wetlands, many water channels are being blocked, while road reserves were destroyed and other social injustices generated by some powerful residents .

According to Oculi, the biggest contributor to wetland cultivation is lack of adequate information regarding the usefulness of protecting wetland.

Oculi noted that wetland cultivation had led to prolonged dryspell which has affected the first planting season.

He says under their campaign, dubbed"Protect wetland, stable rainfall" launched recently at Diibadi cell, the community is trying to change their attitude towards wetland cultivation.

On March 4th, Kole district environment officer together with Sub county authorities carried out an operation to rid of wetland encroachers in the Sub county.

During the operation one man was arrested but released on condition that he plants palm trees in 9 acres wetland meant for rice production in Dibadi swamp.