A Celebration of Partnerships
In 2016, Hima Cement LTD, a member of LafargeHolcim, was awarded the best Environment Program during the Uganda Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards. This was in recognition of their work with World Wide Fund for Nature Uganda Country Office (WWF-UCO) in the Mubuku-Nyamwamba catchment, Kasese District. This partnership started in 2014 to increase access to renewable energy technologies and tackle issues of unsustainable land use among the rural communities
Under WWF UCO’s Payment for Watershed Services pilot scheme implemented in the same catchment, Hima has committed UGX 50 million for one year (2017). The scheme rewards farmers who adopt sustainable land management practices to maintain/ improve soil fertility which will in turn improve water quality and quantity. This contribution has already enabled the recruitment of 204 farmers with 215 plots, equivalent to 110 ha. The same support will enable construction of 13km of soil and water conservation structures such as trenches, grass bands, terraces. These interventions will reduce river siltation and sedimentation.
Joint tree planting event
To celebrate this successful partnership, WWF UCO, Hima Cement LTD, Kasese District Local Government, the Ministry of Water and Environment and the local community, participated in a joint tree planting activity along the Mubuku River. This event attracted the participation of over 60 people who planted 400 seedlings of five species (mahogany, musizi, grevillea, terminalia and bamboo).
“Although our business is in the manufacturing and sale of cement products, we have a strong commitment to protect the environment and WWF has made the perfect partner in this area” commented Mr. Andy White, the Deputy Plant Manager who represented Hima Cement. He added that their hope is that this collaboration continues to flourish for the longer time to come.
The event was officiated by the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Kasese District, Mr. Ndifuna Matthias who on giving his remarks, applauded WWF for playing a key role in the conservation of the Rwenzori ecosystem and pledged support from his office to enhance smooth implementation of activities.