SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS PROJECT
Subsistence and economic dependence on unsustainable resource use is resulting in environmental degradation of critical habitat for human and wildlife survival. This trend is evident in Kiziranfumbi sub county in Hoima district (Uganda) which has seen rampant loss of forest (riparian and terrestrial) over the last decade. These local practices and resource use have resulted in the degradation of riparian Forests which act as a source of water and food for surrounding communities and also act as a corridor for wildlife migration between Wambabya and Bugoma central forest reserves.
With support from the Canadian International Development Agency, JGI is implemented a project whose goals were:
1) To improve livelihoods and security for families based on more sustainable use of local natural resources.
2) To improve the capacity of area residents to develop new sustainable sources of income, and to engage collaboratively with local and national government agencies.
The key activities under this project included:
• Conservation Education: Increasing understanding among the target population of the negative impact of unsustainable resource use on their livelihoods, and opportunities for improved livelihoods and environmental security.
• Improving Land Use and Management: Development of voluntary land use agreements with river and forest-adjacent households and village land use plans, to ensure sustainable access to needed resources. This was coupled with restoration and protection of highly degraded riparian forest patches
• Collaborative Forest Management: Improving forest management and regulation by engaging area residents in resource governance and building bridges between them and national forest authorities.
• Agricultural Training and Demonstration: Diversified agricultural activities, through providing an additional and alternative source of animal protein, improving crop yields, enriching the soil through agro forestry, and preventing soil erosion.
• Alternative Livelihoods and Enterprise Development: Provided substantive training in forest-friendly enterprise development (such as non-timber forest products, apiary development, handcrafts, woodlots), process training in small enterprise, and supported in developing micro-enterprise livelihood activities.
• Established Clean, Accessible Water Systems: We Meet urgent needs for accessible, potable water and decreased pressure on the river system by constructing alternative water sources such as protected springs and boreholes.