The goal of the project is to empower communities in Buliisa District for Sustainable Natural Resource Management. The UWS component (project) of the EA program addressed natural resources practices and patterns that undermine the sustainability of the ecosystems as well people livelihoods in the short and long term. This situation results from poor farming/agricultural and fishing practices, restricted access and use of resources from within protected areas and some section of the lake, limited awareness of the need for and means to harness the natural resource potential, barriers to community participation in decisions making regarding developments in the locality, and weak or no incentives for compliance to natural resources and development policies and regulations, as well, as poor information flow to inform and influence policy level planning. This assessment was verified and confirmed after the baseline survey at the onset of the project implementation.
The Project addressed these drivers through empowerment and capacity building, information (on the needs and strategies for sustainable land management, fisheries resources management, access to resources within Wildlife Conservation areas, fishing waters) generation and dissemination, and, institutional and systems building and policy influence in Buliisa District and also national level relevant areas.
The project works with the following:
- i. Private land owners at household levels engaged in crop agriculture and livestock
- ii. Fisher folk
- iii. Civil Society Organizations at various levels involved in land use and land management, Environment, Oil Sector, Fisheries, Wildlife Conservation, among others
- iv. Local authorities at community, sub-county and district levels and their respective technical departments responsible for fisheries, environment, livestock/veterinary and community development
- v. Tullow Oil Company.
- vi. Uganda Wildlife Authority
The Project involves or collaborates with the following institutions:
- i. Research and development NGOs e.g., Wildlife Conservation Society, Albertine Rift Conservation Society, Nature Harness Initiatives, and as included in the implementation arrangement, the partner NGOs (NAPE, AFIEGO) involved in the EA – Uganda Country programme. The collaboration with consortium members will focus on building synergies and drawing from their strengths (AFIEGO, rights issues, NAPE – advocacy component) and with the other NGO’s information sharing and joint activities in areas of common concern. UWS will also work with Future Dialogues International especially for technical backstopping during promotion of technologies, trainings and M&E.
- ii. Ongoing Development Programmes of various institutions e.g., USAID, NAPE, AFIEGO,