Research Report: - FINAL BASELINE AND CNA REPORT FOR SUBMISSION TO NAPE december 2012.
Baseline survey and capacity needs assessment
The baseline survey and Capacity Needs Assessment was undertaken for the Ecosystems Alliance – Uganda Country Programme. The EA programme in Uganda is being implemented by 3 National NGOs – National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), The Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO), and Uganda Wildlife Society (UWS). The programme is supported by IUCN-NL in collaboration with, Both Ends and Wetlands International and has been running from 1st December, 2011 and is expected to end 30th June 2015. The baseline survey was conducted in the Albertine Rift area with specific focus on the Kasese sub region, Buliisa and Hoima districts. The EA programme is designed to create linkages between livelihoods and existing ecosystems in the Albertine rift and support interventions both at local and national level that will spur sustainable co existence of both livelihoods and ecosystems and reduce the ecological foot print of mining and extraction activities in the Albertine rift on biodiversity.
The EA programme in Uganda was designed to address underlying causes to ecosystem degradation in the Albertine Rift. The Albertine Rift was given priority as an area for intervention because of its biodiversity richness. The Rift has got the highest rate of endemism on the African Continent with 39% of Africa’s Mammal Species, 51% of Africa’s bird species, 19% of Africa’s Amphibian Species, 14 % of Africa’s plant and reptile Species plus 79 threatened terrestrial vertebrates according to IUCN’s Red Data Book Listings. More importantly, the Albertine rift is gifted with 70% of Uganda’s protected areas with 7 out of the 10 National Parks in Uganda, 12 Wildlife Reserves, 13 Wild Life Sanctuaries, and 5 Community Wild Life Areas. The Rift also hosts approximately 6 million People mainly practicing crop farming, rearing of domestic animals, fishing on lake and river shore lines, hunting in and around national parks, forest and game reserves plus petty trade. This is approximately 20% of the total Ugandan Population. For detailed report see publications
 Kasese Sub Region included the districts of Kasese, Kibaale and Kamwenge