EU Refugee Host Communities Project

SUCCESS, TOGETHER

EU Refugee Host Community Project

Full project name: Restoring and conserving degraded fragile ecosystems for improved community livelihoods among the refugees and refugee host communities of West Nile and the mid-Albertine Rift.

The Response to Increased Environmental and Natural Resources Degradation in the Refugee Hosting Districts of Uganda (RED) is a European Union Action towards addressing impacts of displaced populations on the environment, natural resources, and the livelihoods of the hosting communities. The overall goal of the Action is to increase environmental and natural resources protection by restoration and conservation of the degraded natural resources (forests, wetlands, and woodlands), and improving livelihoods through sustainable land management and sustainable biomass energy use by the displaced populations and their host communities in the refugee hosting districts.

MISSION-DRIVEN

The overall goal of the Action is to

Increase environmental and natural resources protection by restoration and conservation of the degraded natural resources (forests, wetlands, and woodlands), and improving livelihoods through sustainable land management and sustainable biomass energy use by the displaced populations and their host communities in the refugee hosting districts.

Under this Action, the Restoring and Conserving degraded and fragile ecosystems for improved livelihoods among the refugee and host communities of the West Nile Region (WNR) and the Mid-Albertine Rift Region (MARR) project was developed and contract for its implementation awarded to UBF, NU, ECO, and WCS effective 8th December 2020 to 7th December 2024.  Specifically, the project is under implementation in the districts of Terego and Yumbe of WNR; and the districts of Kikuube, Kyegegwa and Kamwenge of MARR.

Objectives of the Project

1

Restoring degraded forests, wetlands, savannah woodlands

& other fragile ecosystems impacted by human activities in the refugee hosting communities

2

Support landowners in host communities to establish agroforestry enterprises

and adapt Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices.

3

Build capacity of Local Governments (LG),

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), private sector companies and local communities for effective uptake of climate change mitigation and environmental conservation measures.

Project Sites

Project Progress

The project, effective 8th December 2022 will be in the third of year its implementation.

Seedlings
Group members supported with 9400 seedlings to pilot CSA Agroforestry practices 70%
Climate change and CSA Trainings
510 group members 279 males and 231 females trained . 89%
Energy saving initiatives
Trained the selected CFM & Supported them with 100 energy-saving stoves. 75%
Livelihoods: livestock keeping
Trained selected CFM groups in livestock keeping Support: 1.85 sheep 2.35 pigs 3.30 goats 75%
Soil and water conservation initiatives
Trained the selected CFM groups in soil management Supported them with trench digging tools 75%

Testimonials

Jacob Karuhura

Program officer, NatureUganda

Batwa picked interest in farming(CSA)-(Promise to be models)

Elly Brett

Bee Farmer, Kisoro

Value addition-Honey Packing

Jenna Ballard

Excutive Director, NEMA

Merging of new South & Western conservation groups (4groups so far). 

PATH TO SUCCCESS

Planned activities

The project, effective 8th December 2022 will be in the third of year its implementation. Among the challenges faced in the implementation in the last two years is slow and lengthy process during workplan preparations and eventually late approvals start of their implementation.  To address this challenge, the Chief executive Officers (CEOs) of the project in March 2022 recommended for organizing annual planning workshops to enable completion of workplans before the start of another financial year.  The organized workshop is therefore to prepare the 2023 Workplans to ensure that they are approved by 30th November 2022.

  • Training and construction of ESS
  • Set 4 CSA model schools
  • Organic manure training
  • Exchange Visit to CSA model sites
  • Support establishment of food security
  • Link farmers to weather forecast info.
  • Visiting site and Training of model selected CSA farmers by consultant
  • Support and train in rainwater harvesting
  • Establishment of 7000 bamboo seedlings(in partnership with NFA)
  • Training and practice of Integrated Pest Management.

Partners

December 8, 2022 12:18 pm