ADJUMANI. Local leaders in Adjumani district have identified bush burning and the rampant cases of tree cutting as the major environmental challenges facing the district.

Officials say the problem will exposed the district to risks of worst climatic challenges in the near future.

Mr John Anyanzo Ambayo, the Adjumani district vice chairperson noted that cases of bush burning, logging and charcoal burning have become so common in the district despite continuous effort to sensitize locals against the practice.

As a result, Anyanzo observed that government will soon pass relevant laws and policies to ensure that the environment is protected lest those who will be found violating the policies will be arrested and produced before courts of law.

He also announced that the office of the Prime Minister recently directed national environmental management authority (NEMA) to write specific projects for refugee hosting districts such as Adjumani to address the environmental challenges as a result of hosting refugees.

Anyanzo made the remarks during the world environment day commemoration at Adjumani district headquarters on Tuesday.

During the function, he said statistics indicates that close to 2.3 million people die of poor environmental management related cases across the World every year.

But while delivering his speech on behalf of refugee implementing partners, Mr Moses, the refugee law project officer said the day should be marked with emphasis on environmental protection and accountability.

He said Refugee Law Project is supporting and promoting environmental protection, most especially in refugee hosting areas in Uganda.

He observed that one of their objectives is to secure the refugee-host relations in Northern Uganda through enhanced protection especially in the districts of Kiryadongo, Adjumani and Lamwo so as to mitigate some of the environmental impacts of the mass influx of South Sudanese refugees into Northern Uganda.

He said they are doing this by engaging with refugees and the host communities through dialogue and coordinated aforestation.

He called upon every individual to assume the responsibility of holding each other accountable in the fight against plastic pollution as well as promoting environmental protection in all aspects.

Meanwhile Mr Swale Gule, the environment officer in the office of United Nation High Commission for Refugees’ (UNHCR) Pakele sub office said the local community remains very important agent of tree planting and protection whom leaders should rely on at all levels for better results. The district is home to about 90,000 South Sudanese refugees.