Project Development Objective
Improve capacity of poor women and men to sustainably manage and benefit from natural resources through increased rights and access to forest resources and improved forest based livelihood options thereby increasing their well being.
The immediate objectives are:
- The rights and access to forest resources by poor women and men in forest dependant communities improved by facilitating the development and signing of CFM agreements in seven parishes surrounding KK CFR
- The livelihoods of poor women and men in the 7 parishes around the KK CFR improved trough training in sustainable livelihood options and natural resource management.
- Capacity of implementing partner organization (NU) enhanced to manage the pro-poor gender sensitive participatory NRM projects and to communicate and advocate for the developed CFM methods, livelihood approaches and lessons learned at regional and national level.
The principal beneficiaries of this project are the poor men and women resident in the Kasyoha-Kitomi forest adjacent parishes of Bitoma, Butoha, Buzenga, Mwongyera, Ndangaro and Rwajere in Bushenyi district and Kanywambogo in Ibanda district. We target approximately 450 households per parish totalling to 17.640 poor men and women. The project works directly with up to 21 CBOs to reach the primary target group. According to PEMA I research, 60% of residents in these parishes are classified as very poor basing on land, labour, animals and food security poverty indicators. Efforts are being made to ensure that not less than half the principal beneficiaries are women.
Other beneficiaries are the remaining households in the targeted 7 parishes. The total population in the 7 parishes is estimated at 65.990. All training or awareness made among the local communities and CBOs is designed as a training of trainers, demonstration plots etc with an in-built dissemination objective to the wider community.
At higher level, the project targets government and non-governmental institutions working within the landscape within the NRM sector. Notably, the National Forestry Authority (NFA) and to a lesser extent District forest Services (DFS) and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to also directly benefit by achieving their policy requirement of involving communities in natural resource management and CFM. NU is benefitting directly, local government Community Development and Natural Resource Departments are achieving their objectives by participating in not only the implementation, but also the learning process of the project. They are to in-build project processes into their annual plans and feed lessons learnt into the policy review processes. Besides this there is potential for replication within Uganda to other forest sites, since this project is working on practicalities in translating and implementing policy framework; and there are also the indirect beneficiaries such as international community through conservation of biodiversity hotspots and species of global importance such as chimps.
The project is located in 7 parishes surrounding Kasyoha-Kitomi Central Forest Reserve (KK CFR). KK is located in the south-western region of Uganda and lies close to several areas of great environmental and social importance in the Albertine Rift. Lake George, Kalinzu forest reserve, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kyambura Game Reserve as well as Kibale national park, the Kazinga Channel in and close and covers an area of 399 ha. The project sites are located in a region that is ranked as the second poorest region in the country (UPPA 2001).