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Natural Resources

The Department is comprised of the following staff and a Physical Planning Section: -

  • The Senior Environmental Officer (Mr. Balaba Edward Elber).
  • The Senior Physical Planner (Mr. Othieno Andrew Nyeko).
  • The Physical Planner (Mr. Constantine Wandira).
  • The Environmental Officer (Mr. Mukwaya Sam) .

Objectives of the Department:-

  • Work plans and budgeting for environment management programmes of the Municipal prepared.
  • Enforce the implementation of natural environment action plans.
  • Technical support provided to local environmental committees on the implementation environmental policies and programmes.
  • Support community-based initiatives on the renewal and sustainability of the environment.
  • Sensitize public on environmental policies, laws and conservation programs of the environment.
  • Supervise, monitor and evaluate environmental programmes in the Municipality.
    Prepare the state of environment report for the Municipality.

Physical Planning Section:-

  • Carry out development controls in town.
  • Approval of building plans, leases and lease applications.
  • Advise council on physical and land use planning.
  • Enforcement of National Physical Planning Guidelines of 2011 and Physical Planning Act 2010.
  • Titling of council pieces of land.
  • Opening up of boundaries.
  • Setting up road designs.
  • Drawing of Municipal Council detailed plan.
  • Follow up on the approval of Iganga Municipal Council P.D.P.

Goal of the Department:-

  • To have a clean, green, healthy a d well planned livable town.

Achievements for 2018/19:-

  • Community awareness on road works along Balunywa Road, Local Environmental Committees formation;
  • Public Private Partnership on solid waste management with M/S Transform for turning of solid waste into bio fertilizers and briquettes;
  • Vegetation cover in schools has increased from 60% to 75%;
  • Service stations carried out Environmental Audits;
  • Social places have complied with the environmental laws and guidelines especially on NO SMOKING signs;
  • Environmental impact assessment on road works was carried out.

 Achievements of 2019/20:-

  • Review of environmental and social impact assessment for the Eaton towers for the Airtel Mast along Kakerewe road in Igamba Parish was approved by NEMA.
  • Awareness creation on road works along Mpindi road was carried out.
  • Environmental and social impact assessment on road works is on-going.
  • Social and environmental screening of education projects was carried out especially on renovation of classroom block at Nakavule P/S and building of four stance toilet at Noor Islamic P/S both in Central Division.
  • 100 accacia trees were planted along Kasoma road in Northern Division.
    M/S Transform Social and Environment Impact Statement was reviewed waiting for approval from NEMA.

 Remaining Activities for 2019/20:-

  • Environmental awareness.
  • Review of Municipal Environmental Action Plan.
  • Afforestation in degraded areas.
  • Monitoring and inspection of projects for compliance.
  • Monitor activities of M/S Transform.

Planned Activities for 2020/21:-

  • Mainstreaming of government projects under Road Fund, S.F.G and DDEG.
  • Environmental awareness on wetlands management, solid waste management.
  • Greening of the town especially along road reserves.
  • Monitoring and inspection of the projects for compliance.
  • Monitor activities of M/S Transform.
  • Commemoration of the National tree planting days like world environment on 05th June, labour day 01st may, women’s’ day 08th march, world youth day 12th august among others.
  • Develop both Central and Northern Environment Action Plans.
    -Develop a solid waste management strategy/policy for Iganga Municipal Council.

Challenges:-

  • Illegal constructions in the Walugogo wetland.
  • Lack of office personnel (Land Supervisor).
  • Limited funding to the Department.
  • Stray animals are still a problem to the planted trees especially in the unfenced schools.
  • Political intervention amidst demarcation of wetlands.
  • Lack of transport means to the field.