Inception workshop in the Albertine Rift region

The World Wide Fund for Nature Uganda (WWF-UCO) is implementing a four year project “Strengthening Sustainable Environment, Natural Resource Management, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (SENRMCAM) in Uganda” that started in 2011.

Project Manager, Gerald Kairu, presenting at the workshop

Project Manager, Gerald Kairu, presenting at the workshop      

It is aimed at strengthening the efforts and capacities of Local Governments,the civil society and communities to sustainably manage natural resources. SENRMCAM was conceived from research findings that indicated climate change and the strain on natural resources because of a big population as major drivers of poverty and vulnerability of many people in Uganda.
Key districts across Uganda were identified to pilot the project implementation. These include: Buliisa, Bundibugyo, Hoima, Kasese, Mitooma, Ntoroko and Rubirizi in the Albertine Rift. Others include Abim, Amuria, Bududa, Kamuli, Katakwi, Kumi, Mbale, Moroto, Mukono, Soroti and Wakiso in the cattle corridor.

As part of project implementation activities SENRMCAM held an inception workshop in the Albertine Rift region on the 23rd and 24th of August, 2012. In attendance were Community Based Organisations and local government officials.

Participants discussing natural resource management issues

Participants discussing natural resource management issues in their districts.

While opening the workshop, the Chief Administrative Officer, Kasese District, Johnson Mutungwanda, hailed the effort to conserve nature. “You are special to have been identified, carefully selected by WWF. After here, the message you get should be disseminated to your organizations,” said Mutungwanda, “what happened in Bududa (landslides) can also happen here. This workshop aims to improve the livelihoods of our people and we should take it seriously.”

“What happened in Bududa (landslides) can also happen here. This workshop aims to improve the livelihoods of our people and we should take it seriously.” Mutungwanda

Gerald Kairu, the National Project Manager, SENRMCAM encouraged the participants to submit good proposals to SENRMCAM since the project was seeking partners with whom to implement the project’s outputs.

Project Manager Gerald Kairu with the chief guest, the RDC, Kabarole

Project Manager Gerald Kairu with the chief guest, the RDC, Kabarole

Participants, mainly community members from the districts in the Albertine region, gave varying natural resources issues affecting them in their communities. These included: Flooding, drought, deforestation for firewood and charcoal, soil erosion, overgrazing, bush burning, poaching, animal crop raids, drought, stone quarrying and murram extraction, among others. The Albertine Rift is a biodiversity hotspot. Its also where oil and gas exploration is taking place.

WWF UCO receives vehicles from UNDP

May 11, 2012, KAMPALA WWF-Uganda Country Office has received equipment from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Uganda Country Office. The equipment, which included two vehicles, was handed over to WWF-Uganda by the Minister of Water and Environment Hon. Maria Mutagambwa.

Speaking at the event, the minister applauded UNDP for their support towards the conservation of the environment in Uganda. She highlighted rampant encroachment on wetlands, deforestation and unsustainable exploitation of natural resources as the key environmental challenges facing the country.

She called for the strengthening of technical and institutional capacity to address the challenges and ensure the full attainment of the Millennium Development Goal No.7, which is about ensuring environmental sustainability. She cited the need to review and update the country’s environmental policies and laws to make them more relevant to the changing situations in order to address emerging issues such as climate change and the impacts of oil and gas exploration.

The equipment is to facilitate the implementation of the UNDP/ Government of Uganda (GoU) project, Strengthening Sustainable Environment and Natural Resource Management, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Uganda being implemented by WWF. On February 17th, the UNDP Country Office approved the work plan of the project and an annual budget of USD $ 1.7million for 2012.

SENRMCAM Project

WWF Uganda Country Office (UCO) is implementing a project called the Strengthening Sustainable Environment, Natural Resources Management, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Uganda. But you can simply say SENRMCAM.

Why SENRMCAM?

Uganda’s populations largely depend on natural resources for their survival. Population growth and environmental degradation are intensifying poverty. SENRMCAM is a Government of Uganda project that is being implemented by WWF Uganda Country Office and is funded by UNDP Uganda Country Office. The project is focusing on strengthening the efforts and capacities of local governments, civil society organisations and communities to sustainably manage natural resources. This project has four objectives;

– Enhance biodiversity conservation and restore degraded areas.

– Promote sustainable land management practices.

– Increase efficient use of biomas energy and promote renewable energy technologies such as efficient cook stoves and briquette making.

– Develop climate change resilience

The SENRMCAM will end in December 2014. This blog will share experiences, stories, and lessons learnt throughout its cycle. Follow this blog if you want to learn more about conservation issues in Uganda as seen by WWF UCO staff.