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.
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.
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.
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.