The ways in which people obtain land in Uganda are changing fast. Land that used to be secured through inheritance, gifts or proof of long-term occupancy is now more commonly changing hands in the market. Those with wealth and powerful connections are frequently able to override local rules and gain access to land at the expense of poorer individuals.
Who can access and use the land? The answer to this age-old question is changing fast in many parts of rural Africa. Land that used to be allocated within the community by chiefs is now increasingly changing hands in more diverse ways.
An urgent need to stop degradation is frequently cited as support for climate mitigation efforts involving forests. However, lessons learnt from social science research on degradation narratives are not taken into consideration. This creates a risk of problematic degradation narratives being used to legitimise forest carbon projects.
Recovering energy from waste offers dual benefits – a) improved waste management, and b) provision of reliable energy to households, institutions and commercial entities.
The project research teams and consortium members would like to acknowledge that the research leading
to (This Report) was carried out under the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems in
the Nile and East Africa Region with support from CGIAR Fund Donors. All the research activities under this project
Uganda lies almost wholly within the Nile Basin and is a country characterised as well-endowed with water resources. Receiving considerable inflows of aid since the early 1990s, some of this aid emerging after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro enabled the country to begin a process of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), taking the lead from Chapter 18 of Agenda 21.
Economic valuation of wetland ecosystem services enhances informed public decision
making concerning sustainable utilization of the ecosystem. The valuation is particularly
crucial where the economic values of wetlands need to be compared directly against the
monetary value of alternative public investments.
Wetlands provide vital ecosystem services such as water purification, flood control, and climate moderation among others, which enhance environmental quality, promote public health, and contribute to risk reduction. The biggest threat to wetlands is posed by human activities which transform wetlands, often for short-term consumptive benefits.
This policy briefs presents smallholder farmers' preferences and major challenges when accessing seed in Uganda.
Meeting Name: FAO Committee on Forestry
Meeting symbol/code: COFO/2016/7.5
Session: Sess. 23