Program / Projects

Biodiversity in modernized landscapes of Uganda.

The project code named COBA “Conserving Biodiversity in the Farmed Landscapes of Uganda, is being implemented by a consortium of projects which include: The British Trust for Ornithology, Uganda Wildlife Society, Makerere University Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, and NatureUganda, the East African Natural History Society, and is funded by Darwin Initiative.  This project is concerned with the characterization of biodiversity (birds, insects, vegetation; emphasis on the first two) in smallholder farmed landscapes of Uganda (focusing on the banana/coffee arc around Lake Victoria). The project wishes to identify best practices which enhance benefits for farmer improved livelihoods and biodiversity through ‘win-win’ situations, or, at least, ameliorate negative linkages between farming and biodiversity). The project is also concerned with capacity, training, and the dissemination of best practice through policy influence and field demonstration. The project hopes to provide results that are relevant for other areas of East Africa, too. A focus on farming systems is a needed initiative because farms have, in the past, received insufficient attention from a biodiversity perspective; furthermore, with continued land use changes, farming systems may become increasingly important in management programmes.

Major outputs so far: Talk shows, Press releases, Posters, Newsletters, Workshops with farmers, Demo farms selected, Reports and established the Uganda Agro-biodiversity Working Group

What remains to be done; understanding the relationship between the diversity of birds, bees and butterflies and crop varieties and yields in the different sites and Launching a handbook for extension advisors on agro-biodiversity.

Promoting Community Participation and Benefit in Forest and Wildlife Protected Areas in Uganda.

The contribution of the environment to Uganda’s economy and rural livelihoods is recognized. The environment and natural resources are major pillars of the country’s socio-economic well-being and their sustainable utilization and protection should be a priority. UWS is implementing a year-long capacity building project with funding from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP Grid Arendal). The goal of this project is to transform the Parliament of Uganda into an organ that appreciates the environment, its dynamics and indispensable importance to the economy as well as to the well-being of the vast majority of Ugandans. The key project outputs include;

  1. A researched and comprehensive source of environmental information that will serve as a convenient reference for legislators.
  2. A legislator’s performance indicator as a mechanism for constant evaluation with the aim of maintaining environmental awareness in parliamentary work.
  3. A training to increase awareness of environmental diplomacy amongst legislators in Uganda and enhance understanding of their role in multilateral agreements.

It is envisaged that at the end of the project, Uganda’s parliamentarians will understand and be able to communicate environmental issues authoritatively and respond better to environmental challenges and concerns.

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