Past research

Sustainable Land Management among eight hundred and thirty farmer households

Sustainable Fisheries resources management by Beach management units it three fish folk communities,

Access to “negotiated” resources within Wildlife Conservation Areas between the resource managers (UWA) and Pastoralists households/communities

Access to fishing waters by the fisher folk communities,

At least 3 CSO’s capacities built to work with the communities /households in their respective issues above (the CSO relevant in each case were identified at Community, District and National level)

Negotiated participation of community representatives (fisher folk, farmers, pastoralists) in implementation and monitoring of oil industry practice compliance to Environment management set standards

Knowledge was generated through research on Resource use dynamics in Buliisa District which are published in form of journals, books, extension manuals, farmers/fisher folk/pastoralists/oil miners’ guide and Policy briefs.

The publications used to influence Policy, decision making and resource use practices at the lower level in Buliisa but also scaling up and lesson learning for national level policy influence and North- South lesson learning.

A range of resources within Wildlife Conservation Areas that the resource managers (UWA) have given access rights to the Pastoralists households/communities and these communities reporting access of the resources

Legal rights of access to fishing waters given to the fisher folk communities by the fisheries resources manager and the communities accessing and using the resources

3 CSO’s are actively working with communities (fisher folk, farmers, pastoralists) in their day to day resource use and management practices and with oil miners and government stakeholders in ensuring that the communities benefit fully from their rights to resources and resource management, including, participation in monitoring activities in the oil industry compliance to environment management set standards

Functional community representatives (fisher folk, farmers, pastoralists) participation in implementation and monitoring of oil industry practice compliance to Environment management set standards and commitment to social responsibilities.

Activities conclude includes;

  • Tree planting and distribution
  • Community training on proper natural resource use and management
  • Community sensitisation and awareness creation to build their capacities
  • Establishment of tree nursery beds

COBWEB

Uganda’s wetlands cover some 13 percent of its land surface. These wetlands are a storehouse of globally significant biodiversity. Wetland biodiversity values are highlighted by both alpha diversity in the bird, fish and plant communities, and in habitat richness (beta diversity), the areas are also vital providers of a range of ecological goods and services of importance to the livelihoods of the resident communities. However, wetlands remain under represented in national protected area (PA) network, for historical reasons, protected area coverage in Uganda has been heavily skewed to terrestrial landscapes dominated by forest and savannah areas, and notable gaps remain within terms of coverage of the country’s freshwater bodies and associated wetland ecosystems. This is despite the fact that, for instance, the area under wetlands (estimated at 30,000 km2) is nearly double that under closed forests. Wetlands are under threat from habit degradation and the over exploitation of constituent resources, conversion to agriculture, including fish, plant resources, sand, clay and waterfowl.

The aim of the COBWEB project is to strengthen the Uganda National Protected Area network by expanding the coverage of the Protected Area network to include the country’s biologically important wetland ecosystems. The project developed, piloted, and adapted suitable PA management paradigms in two representative wetland systems adjacent to two terrestrial protected area networks. Management was geared to the specific needs of wetlands and allowed for the development of protection and suitable management strategies that shall be implemented by rural communities and be adaptable to other PA systems across the country. These models was designed to optimise the effective management and sustainability of the expanded PA networks.