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Natural Resources Department
The Department of Natural Resources comprises of the Natural Resources Office, the Lands and Physical Planning Office as well as the Forestry, Environment & Wetlands Office. It is charged with the responsibility of ensuring sustainable and productive utilisation of natural resources for poverty reduction, enhanced economic growth and improved livelihoods. The major causes of the deterioration the quality and the quantity of the natural resource base is associated with human activity. There is massive deforestation particularly on privately owned land where most of the districts tree resources are. This is closely followed by wetland degradation as a result of cultivation of crops. Other threats are soil erosion whose magnitude and impact has never been quantified.

Natural Resources facts
1.    Number of solid waste collection points       -03
2.    Number of solid waste disposal points in the district    - 05
3.    Number of abattoirs   -06
4.    Number of nursery beds established and maintained (Government)   - 03
5.    Number of nursery beds established and maintained (private)     -13
6.    Number of trees planted by the district (in calendar year 2014 alone)     -1,5000
7.    Number of commercial tree growers      -267
8.    Number of Lakes   -04
9.    Number of Rivers  -04
10.    Percentage of wetlands used for papyrus harvesting     -(grass) 05%
11.    Reclamation for human settlement and activities            -(agriculture+livestock) 15%
12.    Water pollution    -35% (open water sources)
13.    Percentage of land under agriculture     -95%
14.    Percentage of land under commercial farming       -30%
15.    Percentage of land occupied by forest reserves       -02%