Small Grants Finalists 2014

The following are the finalists for the SENRMCAM Project for 2014. Congratulations to all the recipients.

  1. Wakiso Youth Apostolate                                                                                                 Wakiso
  2. Green Harvest Initiative                                                                                                    Wakiso
  3. Environmental Conservation and Agricultural Enhancement Uganda Limited              Wakiso
  4. Buwasa Youth Development Association                                                                      Wakiso
  5. Brilliant Youth Organisation                                                                                              Masindi
  6. South Rwenzori Diocese                                                                                                 Kasese
  7. Mubuku Integrated Farmers Association                                                                        Kasese
  8. Nyamughasana Valley Farmers Cooperative                                                                  Kasese
  9. Hope for Mothers and Child Agency                                                                              Rubirizi
  10. Katara Women Poverty Alleviation Group                                                                      Rubirizi
  11. Bucobata                                                                                                                               Rubirizi
  12. Mitooma Rural Initiative for Development                                                                      Mitooma
  13. MJK Tree Nursery Demonstration Project                                                                      Isingiro
  14. Foundation for AIDS Orphaned Children                                                                       Isingiro
  15. Mbewo Farmers Support & HIV/AIDS Control                                                               Manafwa
  16. Bukigai Farmers and Needy Association                                                                       Bududa
  17. Katikekile Action for Development                                                                                  Moroto
  18. Child Way Uganda                                                                                                           Abim

 

Small Grants Beneficiaries 2014

A message from the Project Manager

As a Project Management Unit (PMU), I must admit that we were overwhelmed by the response. Because of the very many proposals received, PMU had to apply some criteria for screening of proposals. This included determination of whether or not the proponents had a letter of recommendation from the district (by CAO, DNRO and or CDO), and availability of a certificate of registration). That still left PMU with over 200 proposals. This compelled PMU to consider the project’s remaining life time for determining proposal for funding.

Given that the project is officially ending in December 2014 and the limited financial resources, PMU decided to drop the idea of expanding to other districts as per the advert for the call for proposals that appeared in the print media last year. The project decided to continue working in the original 11 districts of Kasese, Rubirizi, Mitooma, Isingiro, Wakiso, Masindi, Manafwa, Bududa, Moroto, Kotido and Abim. This meant that proposals from NGOs/CBOs in other districts could not be considered. We appreciate the interest shown in working with our project and hope that another opportunity to work with WWF as an organization will present itself in the near future.

James Okiria Ateker

Project Manager

London wildlife trade conference an opportunity for action

London – World leaders should come prepared to take strong action when they attend this week’s London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade. The two-day event is an opportunity for governments to commit to finally ending the illegal trade in elephants, rhinos, tigers and other wildlife.

The current poaching epidemic impacts the world’s most iconic species. The number of rhinos poached in South Africa alone increased to over 1,000 last year from only 13 six years ago. There are as few as 3,200 tigers remaining in the wild, and over 20,000 African elephants were illegally killed in 2012.

Priority issues to be addressed in London include strengthening law enforcement and criminal justice, reducing demand for illegal wildlife products, and supporting sustainable livelihoods for communities that live alongside wildlife.

“We are in the middle of a poaching crisis. The London Conference is the perfect opportunity for governments to show that they take this problem seriously,” said Heather Sohl, chief species adviser at WWF-UK. “Any measures agreed in London must be backed up at home by delivering actions equal to the challenge.”

Last month, the UN Security Council took a strong stand against the illegal wildlife trade by specifically targeting wildlife traffickers in two separate sanctions regimes. WWF and TRAFFIC expect governments attending the conference to seize on this positive momentum by agreeing on a declaration that details the next steps in this global fight.

Mba Ndong Marius, an Eco Guard from Oyem hold seized Ivory tusks.  © WWF-Canon / James Morgan

Mba Ndong Marius, an Eco Guard from Oyem hold seized Ivory tusks.
© WWF-Canon / James Morgan

“Governments must use the London Conference to establish a road map for the response to the poaching threat,” said Steven Broad, executive director of TRAFFIC. “We need a clear description of what actions will be taken and by whom. Most importantly, we need firm commitments to supply the financial, human and technical resources needed to ensure success.”

Illegal wildlife trade is a global problem, but its roots are local. WWF and TRAFFIC are also calling on governments at the London Conference to announce national-level actions to tackle poaching and reduce the demand for wildlife goods.

The government of Uganda is expected to attend the meeting hosted by the UK government.

The government should strongly support the anti poaching efforts of the Uganda Wildlife Authority, while security and law enforcement agencies such as Interpol, the Uganda Police, the army, need to work together to firmly deal with the rich buyers of ivory.

The London Conference takes place from 12-13 February. The event is being hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Foreign Secretary William Hague and Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Owen Paterson. WWF-UK president, HRH The Prince of Wales and his son HRH The Duke of Cambridge will also attend London Conference events.

For further information or to schedule an interview with WWF or TRAFFIC, please contact:

Natalie Clark, Media Officer, WWF-UK, 01483 412253, nclark@wwf.org.uk

Richard Thomas, Global Communications Co-ordinator, TRAFFIC, 01223 651782, Richard.thomas@traffic.org

World leaders go to London to tackle illegal wildlife trade

On 12-13 February heads and ministers of around 50 governments from around the world will meet at the London Conference to agree how to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.

Poaching for the trade has reached unprecedented levels and it’s estimated the trade is worth an incredible £6 billion per year, making it the fifth largest international crime. It’s time for governments to take serious action to stop the trafficking.
Prime Minister David Cameron, Foreign Secretary William Hague and Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will be leading the UK government efforts. WWF-UK’s President HRH The Prince of Wales, along with his son, HRH The Duke Of Cambridge, will both be in attendance.

The illegal wildlife trade is a serious crime and causes an alarming threat to many species. In 2012, 22,000 elephants were killed worldwide for their ivory, and last year rhino poaching levels were a staggering 7500% higher than 2007, their horns sought for illegal Asian markets.

Park rangers who dedicate their lives to protecting these animals are also putting their lives in danger with over 1,000 rangers losing their lives to poachers in the last decade. Such wildlife crime has links to other serious crimes like arms, human and drug trafficking, funds regional conflict and impedes economic development in some of the poorest countries.

The aim of the two day conference is for governments to sign a declaration not only showing their political commitment against the illegal wildlife trade, but to agree specific actions they will then implement in their own countries.

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The contour hedgerows that tamed Bududa run-off

Elgon Natural Resources Environmental Networkers in Bududa has constructed 7.5km of contour hedgerows to minimise run-off and soil erosion in Bukigayi sub-county, Bududa. Landslides disasters are frequent in Bududa mostly because the high population density forced people to settle on steep slopes. Deforestation and degradation of the land increased the risk of landslides.

The runoff in Bukigayi was affecting 400 people. It was so powerful that it killed children and animals. After the intervention by this group, the runoff has stopped, the vegetation cover is growing and the soil fertility is improving. The road has grass and vehicles can drive uphill without sliding.

Mr. James Wakhatala, a local farmer, said the runoff would uproot his crops. At harvest he would get only 10kgs of coffee from his plot of land. After he dug hedgerows he now gets 30kgs from the same land. He says he can pick greens and cassava which was not possible with the runoff.

James Wakhatala digging up hedgerows in his banana plantation

James Wakhatala digging up hedgerows in his banana plantation

There was a problem of selecting which sub-county to support. “44% of Bududa has the problem,” said Mr. Michael Musamali, District Natural Resource Officer, Bududa district. He adds, “This was a demonstration. People in Bumakuma Parish have already started digging up hedgerows (on their land) because they now have the skills and can dig effective hedgerows.

Along the edges of the contours, the farmers have planted elephant grass which they feed to the cows.

The hedgerows now benefit about 16,000 people in Bukigayi.

Namasho Women start biogas use in Bududa

The group of 40 women has constructed six biogas digesters of 6 cubic meter capacity for 8 households. These can light two lamps and two stoves. The households have 8 members on average.

“Before the biogas I used a bundle of firewood daily costing 5,000 shs and 300 milliliters of paraffin costing 1,500 shs,” said Ms. Zipporah Wamoto, the chairperson of the group. “Now I use only one bundle of firewood a week and 300ml of paraffin lasts a week.” She adds, “I don’t cut trees as often as I used to. We use the slurry in our plantation as fertilizer. Money is used to do other things like pay school fees.”

“It is cleaner, easier and faster to cook, especially boiling tea,” said another beneficiary. “My husband can now boil his own water for bathing and his tea. He was skeptical when I brought up the idea of biogas but today he likes it and is the one who feeds the digester with cow dung. I can cook tea and entertain my guests at the same time without smelling of smoke.”

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Namasho Women Group is in the process of giving out 6,000 tree seedlings of grevalia and mango to 100 households.

Environmental and socio-economic benefits

  • The families with biogas are now using less firewood and say they are cutting down fewer trees.
  • The slurry is a high quality fertilizer and fodder for animals.
  • There is a decrease in respiratory illnesses and eye infections that are caused by smoke from firewood and tadooba.
  • Homes are more hygienic

Kataara Women’s Poverty Alleviation Group is making paper from elephant dung

With a $10,000 grant from UNDP, this group of women focused on two activities – construction and promotion of energy saving stoves and eco-tourism. They have constructed 180 energy saving stoves for 180 households of 6 villages of Katara Parish with each village getting 30 stoves. Kataara chose to make fuel-efficient cookstoves to minimize the deforestation and encroachment on the protected area of Queen Elizabeth National Park which neighbours Kataara Parish. “People go collect firewood from the national park and they are shot at, the women get raped there,” said Mr. Moses Agaba, the group’s coordinator.

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Kataara Women working on the cookstoves at their workshop in Rubirizi (Photos by Agnes Asiimwe, WWF)

Those using the stoves are happy to have embraced the new method of cooking. “I would use one head load of firewood per week but I now use the same bundle for two weeks,” said Ms. Birungi Mwanje, who adds that she goes around telling neighbours how the stove has reduced her firewood demand by half. Although the community has been slow at appreciating the value of using these stoves, they are taking it up slowly. Kataara has sold 100 stoves within 3 months.  A stove is sold at 10,000shs.

Kataara hopes to make 5,000 stoves for sale by April 2014. From 10,000 shs made from each stove, 3,000 shs goes to the maker of the stove and 7,000 shs goes to the savings and credit scheme of the group. The group lends out this money to members who are given a three months grace period before paying back with 5 percent interest.

Craft Making

The group is also making handicrafts as a business and to conserve natural resources. Kataara collaborates with Queen Elizabeth National Park to promote conservation of the elephant that is facing threats of poisoning as a retaliation against crop raids, by making paper out of elephant dung.

“We make elephant dung paper to show the community that elephants should be conserved because there are people who kill them for meat and ivory,” said Mr. Agaba. “By using elephant dung it adds value to the elephant.” He added,”Elephants always eat our crops so in a way we are compensating ourselves by picking their dung.”

“Elephants always eat our crops so in a way we are compensating
ourselves by picking their dung.”

At first the members collected the dung from their gardens but now the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has allowed them to pick the elephant dung from inside the protected area. From the elephant dung Kataara has made visitors’ books and menus for the neighbouring Kataara and Engazi lodges. They are now making greeting cards, photo frames, handbags and writing pads. Handcrafts are a source of income for the members. The office also doubles as a craft shop with baskets, mats, jewelry, cards  and other items. Members make most of the items individually and take to the shop for sale.

ImageThe women pound elephant dung to make paper

You can get in touch with this group at katarawomens@gmail.com

Job Opportunities at WWF Uganda

pandaWorld Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the world’s largest independent and experienced Conservation organizations operating in over 100 Countries in the world. WWF UCO with funding from the European Union is implementing the “Sustainable Financing of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park (RMNP) Project Uganda” a project aimed at promoting sustainable conservation financing within the Rwenzori Landscape. The Project will be implemented in partnership with the mandated Government Institutions, Civil Society Organizations, the private sector and communities within the Rwenzori Landscape.
WWF UCO is seeking for experienced and talented individuals in various professions named below to work with the above named project in Kasese. In addition to the job specific qualifications, all candidates should adhere to the WWF values of being knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

1. Project Manager
The Project Manager will ensure the delivery of sustainable provision of ecosystem services and similar initiatives from WWF’s partners in the Rwenzori Mountains Landscape, in Kasese, Kabarole, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo Districts aligning them with the WWF Country Programme activities in the area.
Qualifications & Skills: Master’s of Science degree or equivalent training in Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Management or related field.
Reports to: Programme Coordinator. Supervises: All Project Staff.

2. Finance & Administration Officer
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, and technically to the Financial Analyst, the Project Finance and Administration Officer will be responsible for budgeting and financial reporting of the project activities.
Qualification & Skills: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or equivalent professional qualification. Minimum 5years work experience.
Reports to: Project Manager. Supervises: Project Receptionist, Driver and Messenger.

3. Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
The Monitoring & Evaluation Officer (M&EO) will implement the Monitoring & Evaluation strategy of WWF UCO and related activities in support of the WWF UCO Conservation Programme.
Qualification & Skills: Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Sociology, Economics, Monitoring & Evaluation. Minimum 3 years’ work experience. Reports to: Project Manager.

4. Communications’ Officer:

The Communications’ Officer will develop and implement the project’s communication strategy, raise awareness of the project activities and coordinate with key stakeholders.
Qualification & Skills: Bachelors’ Degree or equivalent in Information, Communication or related field.
Reports to: Project Manager.

5. Field Officers (2): The Field Officers will be responsible for oversight and facilitation of field activities carried out by (i) Local Governments (ii) Local Communities and (iii) Project Partners.
Qualifications & Skills: Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Development, Ecology, Biology, Geography any other relevant field.
Reports to: Project Manager.

6. Receptionist: The Receptionist is responsible for the proper handling of the front desk, ensuring all incoming and out-going calls are attended to in addition to professionally attending to the organization’s guests.
Qualification & Skills: Diploma in Secretarial Studies with a good Ordinary Level Certificate.
Reports to: Project Finance & Administration.

7. Project Driver
The Project Driver will provide full time driving and vehicle maintenance services to the project. S/he will be responsible for transporting authorized personnel, deliver and collect mail and other documents as required.
Qualification & Skills: Ordinary level Certificate of Education with a valid driving permit and a clean driving record. Reports to: Project Finance & Administration Officer

8. Messenger:
The Project Messenger will be responsible for the general office cleanliness. Ensuring that the office ambience is clean and neat at all times. Working with the administration function, the Messenger will handle minor repairs around the office; handle basic secretarial work like photocopying. Internally, the position will work with the Project Finance and Administration Officer.
Qualification & Skills: Ordinary Level certificate of Education. Training in Office Practice and Management is desired. Knowledge of the local language is desired.
Reports to: Project Finance and Administration Officer.
Suitable candidates should forward their cover letter, curriculum vitae and academic transcripts to the:

People Development Manager, WWF Uganda, at kampala@wwfuganda.org, or WWF Uganda Country Office,
Plot 2 Sturrock Road, P.O. Box 8758, Kampala, no later than 29th January 2014.

Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.
WWF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to having a diverse workforce