- Forest cover in Uganda has declined from 24% of total land area in 1990s to 9% in 2018.
- The project is for 48 months
- Six districts to benefit.
World wide Fund for Nature with support from Danish Family planning association has unveiled the Green Jobs and Nature Based Solution (NBS) project worth 3.94 billion shillings in Rwenzori region.
The 4 year project aims at addressing community vulnerabilities to increase resilience as well as empower women and youths to build economic and natural assets.
Speaking during the virtual project launch, David Duli Country Director WWF, said Rwenzori region being a natural disaster prone area with floods being the most prominent in the last 10 years, NBS interventions are timely.
Duli Further called upon communities in Rwenzori landscape to embrace the public private partnerships on issues of climate change, to support capacities of women to anticipate, adapt and absorb climate change shocks as well as calling upon private sectors to increase on investment in the landscape to increase community resilience.
The project will cover districts of Kasese, Kabarole, Bunyangabo, Ntoroko, Rubirizi and Bundibugyo.
Why the Green Job and Nature-Based solutions (NBS)?
There is prevailing unsustainable use of natural resources e.g forest cover in Uganda has declined from 24% of total land area in 1990s to 9%in 2018.
Natural disasters are expected to increase as the effects of climate change are increasingly felt.
There is need to embrace approaches that are people, planet and profit centered and this is what the project is bringing to communities in areas.