The (Build) Project
The project is implemented by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) in partnership with the Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF). The Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) is a US based non-profit organization that uses economics and strategic thinking to help conserve natural ecosystems around the globe. The program which is a 3 year project will support the on-going efforts to develop the Oil and Gas resources and NEMA by engaging the different government agencies, developers and stakeholders to create systemic conditions for infrastructure development. The program is designed to impact biodiversity conservation in the Albertine Rift to improve selection, design and mitigation of key infrastructural projects, build analytical capacity, technical knowledge and better policies, which together will determine the scale of biodiversity and social impacts of infrastructure decisions Read more
Clearing House Mechanism (CHM)
NEMA on behalf of the government of Uganda received financial support from Global Environmental Facility(GEF) through United Nations Environment Program(UNEP) for the development of a National clearing House Mechanism (CHM). The Uganda Clearing House Mechanism (UG-CHM) will be a web based portal designed to facilitate information exchange and utilization amongst all stakeholders in Uganda on Biodiversity.
The Uganda Clearing House Mechanism (UG-CHM) will bring together a huge network of institutions and organisations working on biodiversity. The UG-CHM through the focal point for Uganda will be administered by a dedicated team supported by the various strategic committees established by the national focal institution for technical back-stopping and guidance A global clearing-house mechanism was established under the CBD to promote and facilitate technical and scientific cooperation globally. In the context of the CBD, the CHM designates a network of parties and partners working together to facilitate implementation of the Convention as well as access to and exchange of information on biodiversity around the world.
The Payment for Ecosytem Services Project June 2010-April 2014
The Government of Uganda through the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) received financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to implement a project entitled, “Developing an Experimental Methodology for Testing the Effectiveness of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) to Enhance Biodiversity Conservation in productive landscapes in Uganda”. This project contributes to Objective 1 of the forestry sector aimed at restoring national forest cover which in turn stabilize climate and associated ecosystem services. This in turn supports achievement of key national priority areas of livelihood improvement and restoration of degraded ecosystem.
NEMA is implementing the project with the Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) as the Project Management Unit (PMU) and other project partners including (Nature Harness Initiative (NAHI), Hydromax, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Katoomba Group, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and international scientists from Stanford University and the World Bank. NEMA and its partners are providing co-financing to the tune of $1,232,400. Darwin Initiatives-UK is providing cash co-financing to cover IIED’s input for design and part of host institution’s costs for monitoring and scheme design.Download the Progress report
Restoration of L.Victoria/L.Nakivale shores, R.Nile banks and Catchment Areas
The continuous encroachment and degradation of forests and the related human activities within the lake shores, river banks and catchment areas have resulted into; complete loss of tree and vegetation cover further leading to soil erosion and siltation of the water bodies thus changing their ecological, social and economic functions. The degradation has also negatively impacted on the community livelihoods by affecting the agricultural productivity due to prolonged droughts, reduced soil fertility and crop yields as well as affecting the fish yields.
In order to mitigate the above problem, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has started restoration of the water catchment areas with the initial focus on L.Victoria shores and R.Nile banks which are heavily encroached and L.Nakivale shores which are severely degraded due to refuge settlement and consequent encroachment. The restoration is covering the lake and river catchment areas in the districts of: Rakai, Masaka, Mpigi, Wakiso, Mukono, Jinja, Mayuge, Bugiri, Busia, Kayunga, Kamuli and Isingiro (Nakivale settlement). A total of 637 Acres of land have so been planted with 314200 tree seedlings comprising of Musizi (Maesopsis eminii)), Terminalia, and Grivellea Robusta