PROMOTING INTEGRATED LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT APPROACH FOR CONSERVATION OF THE MOUNT ELGON ECOSYSTEM IN EASTERN UGANDA PROJECT
The Government of Uganda has identified and prioritized equitable access to productive land, sustainable natural resources management and integrated landscape planning and management as critical development pathways for meeting economic growth, poverty reduction and industrialization. One of the country’s critical landscapes faced with vast land management challenges is the Mt. Elgon landscape. This mountain landscape is a food basket supporting a population of approximately four million people with productive yet vulnerable resources. The Mt Elgon landscape is a source of critical goods and services that support biodiversity, watersheds, local community livelihoods and socio-economic development Because of the critical nature of the Mt Elgon landscape, a project was conceived to address the vast land management challenges facing the landscape.
Promoting Integrated Landscape management approach for conservation of the Mount Elgon ecosystem in Eastern Uganda project is a Government of Uganda project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the UN Environment. The project is being implemented by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in collaboration with relevant partners at national and district levels. It aims to enhance food security and conserve the ecosystems that provide critical goods and services for rural livelihoods in the Mt. Elgon landscape.
2.0 Project goal, objective, Components, Outcomes and Outputs
The project goal is to enhance conservation of ecosystems that provide critical goods and services for rural livelihoods and food security in the Mt. Elgon landscape.
The project objective is to transition the Mt. Elgon landscape to a sustainable, biodiverse, climate-resilient, integrated landscape with efficient coffee and staple crops (maize, beans, banana and Irish potato) value chains.
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PROJECT ON INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY STRENGTHENING FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NAGOYA PROTOCOL ON ACCESS TO GENETIC RESOURCES AND BENEFIT SHARING IN UGANDA
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is providing financial support to Government of Uganda to implement a project titled Institutional Capacity Strengthening for Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing in Uganda (ABS project). The project goal is to conserve Uganda’s genetic resources and its associated traditional knowledge and access and share the benefits arising out of their utilization in an equitable and sustainable way. The ABS project objective is to strengthen institutional capacity for effective implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and conduct effective awareness campaigns on ABS in Uganda.
The Project focuses on four components: (a) Strengthened National Regulatory and Institutional Framework for ABS, (b) Capacity building for the implementation of the National ABS, (c) Strengthening ABS Management at the Local government and Community Level, and (d) Information, Education and Awareness on ABS. the components shall be realised through 7 outcomes namely; 1.1 National ABS regulatory and institutional frameworks in compliance with the Nagoya Protocol on ABS in place and operational; 2.1: Government agencies have the skills and competency to implement and enforce compliance to the Nagoya Protocol; 2.2: Makerere University training and producing professionals with knowledge on ABS; 2.3: ABS National Focal Point and CNAs effectively carrying out their functions; 3.1: Effective working models for ABS at the local community level; 3.2: Effective participation of men and women in benefit sharing & 4.1: Increased awareness in Uganda on the Nagoya Protocol on ABS.
2.0 Project Stakeholders:
The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is the project executing agency working in collaboration with Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) and state (Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA); National Forestry Authority (NFA); Plant Genetic Resources Centre (PGRC); National Forestry Resources Research Institute (NaFORRI); National Chemotherapeutic Research Institute (NCRI); Makerere University) and none state (GIZ ABS Capacity Development Initiative; Karamoja Women Cultural Group (KWCG) and United Organization for Batwa Development in Uganda (UOBDU)) partners.
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