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Enhancing community-based natural resources and hazard management in Rwenzori Mountains

Ongoing

The Rwenzori mountains are one of the most densely populated regions of Uganda with an alarming annual population growth rate of 3.4%, leading to land pressure and encroachment on land susceptible to erosion and landslides. Combined with climate change, this leads to increased socio-economic impacts of environmental hazards and water scarcity, directly affecting households’ livelihoods. Low awareness for natural resource conservation associated with traditional agricultural practices lead to environmental degradation, income losses and food insecurity. In the general effort to promote sustainable agro-ecological practices, this project aims at 1. Developing a network of geo-observers reporting environmental degradation, hazards and impacts in their community; 2. Creating and testing a game to sensitize communities in the sustainable management of their local resources and hazards; 3. Initiate the development of natural resources and hazard management plans at village levels; 4. Fostering teaching and research capacities in citizen science, GIS and agro-ecology at Mountain of the Moon University through interactions with Uganda Martyrs University and Belgian partners.

Intervention type

South Initiatives

Duration

01/01/2017 - 31/12/2018

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Matthieu Kervyn
Local promoter Clovis Kabaseke
Local partner institution Vrije Universiteit Brussel
visit www.vub.ac.be
Local partner institution Mountains of the Moon University
visit http://www.mmu.ac.ug
Budget € 74.991