By Dr. Joshua Zake (Ph.D), Executive Director, Environmental Alert. P.O. Box 11259 Kampala, Uganda; Tel: +256414510547; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or…
Effective implementation of the responsive strategies for stepping up biodiversity resources conservation, wise-use and protection requires adequate resources allocation by Government and Development partners. The investment in the Water and Environment sector, currently at 4% of the total national budget (MWE, 2019) is inadequate for effective delivery of Government’s commitments in the multi-lateral environmental management agreements (such as the Ramsar Convention, UNCBD and UNFCCC); sustainable development goals, inclusive green growth and the National Development Plan II & III targets.
The inception meeting has been organized to introduce and orient the local leaders as key stakeholders in the SusWASH project. The main purpose of the meeting is to:
- To introduce the project to the local leaders;
- To clarify on their role and support required from them during the upcoming community meetings;
- To provide an opportunity to identify WASH challenges in their community for subsequent planning.
Remarks by Dr. Joshua Zake (PhD), Executive Director, Environmental Alert during the Community Meeting to officially handover the inputs for promotion of selected no-Regret alternative Livelihood Enterprises targeting identified communities living adjacent and within selected wetlands and associated catchments in Bushenyi, Mitooma & Sheema districts that took place on 26-28th February 2019, under the project titled “Building Resilient Communities, Wetland Ecosystems and Associated Catchments in Uganda”.
The ongoing national wetlands policy (1995) review coordinated by the Wetlands Management Department with support of Development Partners and Civil Society Organizations is a great opportunity for articulating emerging issues to come up with practical and effective strategies to save Uganda’s wetlands and healthy.
lives for the estimated 45 million Ugandans. For example alternative livelihood and income generation opportunities (such as bee keeping; Eco-tourism; livestock & poultry keeping; Fruit-tree production) in communities to reduce pressure on wetland resources. However, the policy review process should be fast tracked for implementation of interventions for wetlands, protection, conservation and sustainable use.
Besides, the process should consider compressive and effective stakeholder engagement (i.e. consultations and participation) at all levels including the wetlands adjacent communities that are organized as wetlands associations around wetlands of local, national and international importance in Uganda. This is because they interact with the wetlands resources regularly.
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