Uganda

The Kagera River is one of the largest rivers flowing into Lake Victoria, the largest fresh water body in Africa. The natural resources of the Kagera river basin face increasing pressure as a result of population growth, intensification of agriculture and livestock activities and unsustainable land management practices. The Kagera river basin covers an area […]

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Strengthening local institutions is key to ensuring the involvement of smallholder farmers in payments for environmental service (PES) deals. PRESA worked with Nature Harness Initiatives (NAHI) in Uganda to prepare local stakeholders for participation in carbon PES along River Wambabya in the Albertine Rift, and watershed PES at the Rushebeya-Kanyabaha wetland. The work involved cataloguing the […]

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Who said carbon cannot pay for water? PRESA facilitated the expansion of Ecotrust’s work on Trees for Global benefits to enable farmers growing trees in the River Mobuku watershed in Uganda to access carbon payments. Mobuku River watershed lies at the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. Before a carbon project is implemented, a lot of […]

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By Gerald Kairu Communities engaged in the Trees for Global Benefits carbon project in western Uganda are getting additional income from the medicinal values of a particular tree, but the lucrative benefits are putting the tree in danger, as criminals reap where others have planted. The carbon project, implemented by the Environmental Conservation Trust of […]

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Nature Harness Initiatives (NAHI) is a Ugandan civil society organisation, working with PRESA to enhance ecosystem conservation while improving people’s income. NAHI hopes to reverse wetland degradation by facilitating collaborative management plans, and developing one or more PES (payment for ecosystem services) schemes to generate financial resources to help pay for wetland management activities. PES […]

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By Gerald Kairu Over 40 farmers in western Uganda are benefiting from a bee-keeping project supported by PRESA and its partner organization. The project enhanced the production and marketing of ecolabelled honey (eco-honey) as an incentive for greater community involvement in managing the River Mobuku watershed. Eco-honey is certified honey that is harvested using environmentally […]

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At a conference in Jinja, Uganda, held in October 2010, the Network for Environmental Services in Africa (NESA) was formed to share experiences from payments for environmental service (PES) projects in Africa. Members include researchers, environmentalists and representatives of relevant government institutions. NESA is currently hosted at the Victoria Institute for Research on Environment and […]

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The Albertine Rift in western Uganda rises from an altitude of 700 metres to 5,000 metres at the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains. It is a nature paradise of trees, plants, animals, birds and fish. Population increase, and the resultant demand for agricultural land and timber, necessitates ensuring that ecological resources are not exploited to […]

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Individuals and institutions working in payments for environmental services are invited to submit papers to the International Conference on Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Eastern and Central Africa Sub-Region. The conference, which runs from 20th to 22nd October 2010 in Jinja (Uganda), aims at addressing the challenges faced in embracing payments for environmental services […]

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By Mildred Atukunda Poor communities rely on ecosystems for safe drinking water, nourishment and for earning a living. In Rushebeya – Kanyabaha, the ecosystem includes wetland streams, rivers, open water bodies and the beautiful, hilly scenery. However, there is no judicious sharing of benefits between sellers and buyers of environmental services. The Rushebeya – Kanyabaha, […]

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