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Stakeholder Engagement for Promoting Ecosystem Service, Sanitation Education and Community Resilience to Climate Change Education in Eastern Uganda

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Stakeholder Engagement for Promoting Ecosystem Service, Sanitation Education and Community Resilience to Climate Change Education in Eastern Uganda
Case Study Session
Dr Edward Andama, RCE Greater Eastern Uganda
9th African Regional RCE Meeting
5-7 August, 2019, Luyengo, Eswatini

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Stakeholder Engagement for Promoting Ecosystem Service, Sanitation Education and Community Resilience to Climate Change Education in Eastern Uganda

  1. 1. 8/12/2019 1 STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT FOR PROMOTING ECOSYSTEM SERVICE, SANITATION EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION IN EASTERN UGANDA Dr. Edward Andama (Coordinator GEURCE) E-mail: e.andama@sci.busitema.ac.ug andamaedward@gmail.com Tel: +256-772-4642792/704-281806 9th African RCE Regional Meeting on “Accelerating Progress Towards The Achievement Of Sustainable Development Goals In Africa” 5TH -7TH AUGUST 2019 UNIVERSITY OF ESWATINI . LUYENGO CAMPUS, ESWATINI PRESENTATION OUTLINE 8/12/2019 About Greater Eastern Uganda RCE Background Why Stakeholder Engagement Strategies for engagement of Key Stakeholders RCE activities that focus on stakeholder engagement for promoting or contributing to SDG in the GEURCE region. Success and lessons learnt for scaling Conclusion GREATER EASTERN UGANDA REGIONAL CENTRE OF EXPERTISE Acknowledged in December 2012. Officially Lunched ON MONDAY 22ND JULY 2013 AT Busitema University By The State Minister for Higher Education Honorable Dr. John Chrysostom Muyingo Launch at Busitema University Main Campus 22nd July 2013 8/12/2019 BACKGROUND 8/12/2019  SDGs provide the road map for achieving sustainable development –However, this development path requires wide scale societal transformation, and a transition away from actions, systems, mind-sets and lifestyle choices that have eroded and degraded the systems that sustain life on Earth.  To achieve SDG requires expansion and amplification of a new, more socially just and sustainable world order, characterized by practices, processes and systems that contribute pro-actively to the well-being of all people, and all life on Earth.  This is where RCE can contribute through innovative ideas, activities and strategies to achieving the SDGs through promoting Education for Sustainable development. ENGAGING STAKEHOLDERS: A stakeholder is any person or entity that has an interest in the success or failure of a business or project. Stakeholders can have a significant impact on decisions regarding the operations and finances of an organization. Some of the key stakeholders for the RCEs. The key stakeholders are the development partners, local government authorities and statutory bodies ECOSYSTEM SERVICES AND RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE “Benefits of environment to humanity termed as ecosystem services are numerous and include direct benefits in form of food, energy, employment, incomes, quality of life and provide other ecosystem indirect services such as pollination that improve food security, water catchment, increased resilience to shocks and stresses. Climate resilience can be generally defined as the capacity for a socio- ecological system to: absorb stresses and maintain function in the face of external stresses imposed upon it by climate change.
  2. 2. 8/12/2019 2 Challenges faced by RCEs in executing their mandate  RCEs have the best objective but executing their mandate is limited by many factors including: finance resources Human resources Time to undertake the activities  Many organization have some of the key resources that the RCE s need to execute their activities.  Moreover some of the stakeholders may have similar intentions to that of the RCEs.  The issues is what can RCEs do to benefit from the recourses available in other originations? The strategy being highlighted in this case study is what strategies are available for RCEs to benefit from the resources of other partners ? Major sustainability challenge faced in the GEURCE region: o Land degradation: There is concern over increasing land degradation in the Eastern Uganda. o Climate change: results in droughts, floods, and soil erosion through landslides‟ this affects food security, sanitation, spread of diseases reduced production etc.,. o High disease burden Disease burden: comprising of communicable and non- communicable o High degradation of natural vegetation ; leading to loss of forest cover in both public and private forests. o High poverty level: In general, eastern Uganda is rated as one of the regions with the highest level of poverty. o Urban waste management: The volume of solid waste generated in urban centers in eastern region urban centers Specific linkage to the SDGs  i. Accelerate economic growth and raise per capita income through targeted investments in priority sectors with the highest green growth multiplier effects;  ii. Achieve inclusive economic growth along with poverty reduction, improved human welfare and employment creation;  iii. Ensure that the social and economic transition is achieved through a low carbon development pathway that safeguards the integrity of the environment and natural resources.  The opportunity to develop collaboration and linking this to many SDGs and Uganda's National Development Agenda (NDA). How GEURCE leveraged opportunity of working with other stakeholders operating in the region Developing close working relationship of between RCE and the targeted stakeholders through developing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or Corporation (MoC). Several stakeholders were systematically targeted and these included: 1. National Forest Authority 2. Uganda Wildlife Authority 3. Local Governments at the district level 4. International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN) 5. Nature Uganda To strengthen the relationship the loose relationship : Through Developing MoU for sustainable management case of West Bugwe Central Forest Reserve and surrounding areas o Memorandum of understanding or Memorandum of corporation were signed. o This guided in the operation and defined what could be done and the kind f partnership among others. Local district representative (right). Andama E. (center) with the executive director of NFA (Left) during negotiation for MoU LOCATION OF WEST BUGWE CENTRAL FOREST RESERVE
  3. 3. 8/12/2019 3 Challenges faced at West Bugwe Central Forest reserve o West Bugwe Central Forest Reserve (CFR) is currently faced with continuously worsening degradation trends through encroachment, deforestation through rampant felling of trees for timber, firewood and charcoal burning, rampant fires and livestock damage on the forest among others. o The forest is highly degraded because of agricultural encroachment, illegal timber harvesting and charcoal burning. o A large part of the forest has been affected by burning and livestock grazing. o lack of effective and functional collaboration with local government and the local communities, leading to continued degradation of the forest and its resources. Example of activities implemented in collaboration with stakeholders- Research. Team of students during orientation for research topic identification at WBCFR offices Tree planting in the degraded areas Improving our environment – Green Campus initiatives campus Collaboration with Local governments and the communities on good sanitation practices o Key activities include sensitization of the community leaders. o Sensitizations of the communities o Being exemplary through participating in the clean up activities Sanitation promotion through Solid waste management in Community Engaging community leaders and the police Cleaning begins with town council offices. Youth leaders engaged in promoting good sanitation ijn communities Youths cleaning LC III councilor offers tree seeds Garbage collection center
  4. 4. 8/12/2019 4 ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES Enhanced biodiversity on the West Bugwe CFR and at the campus and schools environment. Improved waste recycling in the school, up coming urban centers – paper, plastic, food scraps, garden waste. The school has environmentally minded students. ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES Propagation of local indigenous plants for local needs. The aesthetics of the campus and school grounds. The local nature reserves are being created in schools. On environmental campaigns- students now take responsible decisions and promote such within their communities SOCIAL OUTCOMES Students, staff, community and experts have been involved in the program and have ownership of it. Partnerships have been developed with the community, such as links with local Governments , schools NU, UWA, IUCN etc. Increased student leadership and social responsibility, self esteem, a sense of belonging and ownership. SOCIAL OUTCOMES Students are more confident and enjoy group work in the garden (building social capital). Students have positions of responsibility and have become community environmental watchdogs (e.g. monitoring household garden watering against restrictions) Mentoring of young students. The whole schools, campus, the community have gained pride in the way activities are being implemented. LESSONS AND OPPORTUNITIES  All interventions require funds – There is currently no guaranteed source of funds but the RCE leverages on the opportunity o work together with the institutions that have funds More commitment from stakeholder through MoUs.  RCE Leadership sustainability is enhanced through training youth in leadership positions.  Fund raising/Donor sourcing for support activities done jointly. SUCCESS FACTORS  Opportunity to have focused MoUs to which guides activities and engagement opportunities with stakeholders.  Support of the key partner institutions such as university and partners institution leadership team. And conservation NGOs .  The university outreach functions and responsibilities made it easy to implement activities.  Integrating sustainability into institutional operations and across the curriculum.
  5. 5. 8/12/2019 5 CONCLUSION RCEs can play significant role in contributing to Sustainable development Goal of their communities by becoming a dynamic nucleus and a hub for lifelong learning and practice for contributing to sustainable development goals. The opportunity to develop a more focused engagements through developing and signing of Memorandum of Understanding or corporation with the key stakeholders. RCEs need to upscale and mainstream successes stories and activities and need to learn form one another The end Thank You For Attention Questions, Comments &Discussions are Appreciated Acknowledgements Thank you! Asante! Ngiyabonga Ngiyabonga kakhulu!

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