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Biodiversity mainstreaming: progress and challenges in Uganda

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The mainstreaming biodiversity team in Uganda highlights progress they have made in this presentation to the 'Biodiversity mainstreaming' workshop held in Sogakope, Ghana, in November 2016.

They report that for the first time, the Ministry of Finance has advised and guided sectors to implement the national biodiversity targets stipulated in the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) II in its budget call.

Monique Akullo, Caroline Aguti, Ssonko Francis and Aaron Werikhe say they have also succeeded in getting gender issues integrated into the NBSAP II.

More information: www.iied.org/nbsaps

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Biodiversity mainstreaming: progress and challenges in Uganda

  1. 1. Biodiversity Mainstreaming: Progress registered and challenges encountered by Uganda Presented at second International Biodiversity Mainstreaming Workshop Holy Trinity Spa and Health, Sagakope , Ghana 1st – 3rd November 2016 Ugandan Team 1. Ms. Monique Akullo 2. Mrs. Caroline Aguti (MEMD) 3. Mr. Ssonko Francis (MFPED) 4. Mr. Aaron Werikhe (NPA)
  2. 2. 1. Top people and processes you have engaged with/influenced 1. Organized forums for achieving middle income status – biodiversity critical in this. 2. Effectively participating in the budgeting process for FY2017/18, NDPII & Uganda Vision 2040. 3. Engaging Ministry of Gender and CSOs on mainstreaming of gender in NBSAPII. 4. Mainstreaming biodiversity accounts into national accounts. 5. Engaged the leadership and senior officers of sectors through high level policy dialogue round tables. 6. Engaged Development Partners such as the World Bank to leverage funding for biodiversity mainstreaming.
  3. 3. 2. Top change achieved or expected 1. Budget Call Circular for 2017/18 by Ministry of Finance advised and guided sectors to implement the national biodiversity targets stipulated in NBSAPII. First time this has been done. 2. Sectors including local governments expected to plan for and allocate resources for implementing in NBSAPII beginning FY2017/18 up to 2025 ( NBSAPII runs from 2015 -2025. 3. Gender issues integrated in NBSAPII. 4. Linking the revised NBSAP to achievement of middle income status and SDGs over the next 10 years. 5. Expected change - to factor natural resources in the calculation of GDP – Natural Resource Accounting. 6. Renewed understanding and appreciation of the role of biodiversity in development (reflected in the Presidential Directives); 7. Renewed appreciation of biodiversity by Development planners and policy makers.
  4. 4. 3. Top lessons about successful mainstreaming 1. Engagement of the right stakeholders is critical – those in resource allocation, planning among others. 2. Empirical evidence on the economic benefit of mainstreaming biodiversity in development accelerates the process. 3. Engagement of non-state actors such as cultural institutions and religious leaders is paramount. 4. Awareness creation on the role of communities creates more impact. 5. Identification of key mainstreaming targets and entry points at the start can break or make the mainstreaming process.
  5. 5. 4. Top challenge/problem where you need help 1. Prioritising biodiversity within the allocated resources is still low across in sector 2. Up to date data is lacking to enhance mainstreaming 3. Budget allocation is still low which undermines full implementation of planned activities; 4. The Media lack knowledge on biosafety and this affects their reporting on biodiversity.
  6. 6. 4. Top challenge/problem where you need help 1. Prioritising biodiversity within the allocated resources is still low across in sector 2. Up to date data is lacking to enhance mainstreaming 3. Budget allocation is still low which undermines full implementation of planned activities; 4. The Media lack knowledge on biosafety and this affects their reporting on biodiversity.

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