Over a thousand delegates from across Africa and observers from the rest of the world heard Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni demand for the preservation of wetlands and forests, when he formally opened the 15th Africa Water and Sanitation Congress at the Commonwealth Resort in Munyonyo. He singled out the Sudd, located in the southern Sudan and the great rainforest of Congo, both of which he acknowledged had a bearing on the climate even in Uganda, besides maintaining local forests and wetlands in the neighborhood of communities.
The president further recognized the efforts of Kenyan Nobel Prize winner Prof. Wangari Mathaai who made it her lifetime struggle to fight for forests and to maintain and preserve the environment. Said the president, “Protecting wetlands in Uganda, southern Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Kenya are crucial for this part of Africa.” He also took a swipe at the colonial treaties over the Nile waters imposed on the Eastern African countries on independence, which he said favored Egypt and the Sudan and leaving East Africa with “literally nothing.”
It is also expected that African participants will separately brainstorm for the next Climate Change meeting later this year in Mexico City, which will be a follow up of the largely ineffective Copenhagen Meeting of last year, which failed to produce tangible results of how best to combat climate change.
The African continent is now thought by experts to suffer the most fallout of climate change, and drought and flood cycles have in recent decades accelerated and added to the woes of fast-growing populations now left with insufficient food supplies.