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OP25:Soliciting for prominence of belowground biodiversity conservation and management in the national policy framework

  1. 1. 5/27/2010 BGBD POLICY CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK Human welfare Soliciting for prominence of belowground biodiversity conservation and management BGBD ESs BGBD REGULATORY ROLE in the national policy framework Threats M. C. Rwakaikara-Silver, Lwakuba A, Okwakol M.J.N., Kalule ssewaali , J and Muwanga. S BGBD Uganda Mitigation Adaptability POLICIES INTERVENTIONS Policy efforts in Uganda: Review Policy efforts--- • There are several policies, legislations & • What is a Policy? plans for environmental conservation but BGBD coverage is minimal! Govt statement (s) with clear aims goals aims, goals, objectives & strategies to address current • Influencing policy requires thorough review concern (s) (e.g. BGBD threats) of current policies, plans & other instruments Methodology Objective • Participatory meetings, consultations, surveys, interviews( self / consultant administered), focus group discussions, workshops to corroborate the findings (Consultant & Project team). • Establish extent BGBD concerns/ threats • Respondents ? had been captured, identify gaps / • National level e.g. P/Ss & Commissioners in Gvt. line ministries, NGOs synergies & make recommendations through policy briefs • Local level: e.g. Chairpersons LC1, Secretary for production at both levels(3 & 5) National & local NGOs & CBOs • Produced policy briefs for targeted policy level player, NPA, ENR sector ( Consultant & Project team) 1
  2. 2. 5/27/2010 Results Data analysis Ranked policy Policy Rank Policies categorized based on Relevancy National Environment Management scored using liekard scale from 1-5; Policy 5 The National Land Use Policy (2008) 5 1= not relevant. 2= less relevant, 3= relevant, 4 fairly relevant & 5= very relevant The National Bio-technology and Bio- safety Policy (2008) 5 Ranked plans Results cont’d Plan Rank • Eleven (11) policies reviewed & ranked The Draft Uganda National Biodiversity 5 Strategy and Action Plan NBSAP • None of policies or plans specifically The National Environment Action Plan 5 targeted BGBD t t d for Uganda, 1995 NEAP Plan for Modernization of Agriculture- 5 PMA (2000) PMA • Four policy briefs prepared awaiting The National Agricultural Advisory printing 5 Services Program (2000) NAADS Challenges Results cont’d • Information & capacity on soils & particularly soil biology still inadequate • None plans specifically targeted BGBD • Inadequate infrastructure e.g. human, • Thus BGBD had low priority ranking, institutional & administrative capacities limited hence poorly provided f i resource h l id d for in allocation, e.g. funding • Lack of awareness; most stakeholders are not aware of the policies besides the impact their activities have on the components of the environment 2
  3. 3. 5/27/2010 Challenges cont’d Policy Briefs • Livelihoods mostly derived from natural • From policy review findings plus scientific resources subjecting them to undue data from BGBD studies; it was necessary pressures to communicate to policy level stakeholders • Political interference • Policy brief one the communication • Delays in policy ratification e.g. Soils channel to precisely convey message to Policy, since Year 2000! policy makers Policy Briefs Policy briefs cont’d 1. Invasive Alien species; 2009 happened 1. Sector Committee on ENR, in 2003 set to be year of biodiversity, in Uganda up committee for NR issues mainly focused on Plants 2. Academia (mainly tertiary education 2 A d i ( i l t ti d ti 2. National Planning Authority institutions) Mak had 0-5% BGBD in Uganda completed Devp plan 2009-2018 their degree programmes Launched 2010, wanted BGBD captured, 200m UGSh for BGBD coming budget, Conclusions Some recommendation • Regular reviews of policies & plans to capture CSM-BGBD • Commit a strong NGO or civil society • Take Advantages of non-concluded (Uganda National Farmers Federation, policies to include BGBD. Environmental Alert, NOGUM) organization/s to lobby for effective • Need for supportive and enabling strategies for CSM- BGBD conservation. international and national l i t ti l d ti l legal f l framework k on issues of BGBD • Streamline implementation of conservation • Capacity building and Research into CSM-BGBD activities in the country. BGBD issues • Set up a conservation fund for CSM – BGBD. 3
  4. 4. 5/27/2010 Recomm cont’d Way Forward • Government should develop a policy • Course on Biological Management of specifically on CSM – BGBD at national Tropical soils and (bylaws) at district levels. • C f Conference on soil bi di il biodiversity July it J l • For lasting impact, target specific 2011 awareness programs and activities on BGBD. • Soil Quality Institute of Uganda acknowledgement • Consultants who worked on policy review & briefs END • Stakeholders at workshops for their input • Collaborators & respondents THANK YOU • Mak, CIAT-TSBF, UNEP, GEF 4