Enhancing community-based organizations and people’s capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change

The Ugandan Wildlife Society (UWS) was established in 1998 and is a membership based, non-government organisation engaged in environmental policy research, advocacy, education and awareness. Its mission is to promote the conservation of wildlife and the environment. UWS develops, implements and supports field-based conservation projects that are aimed at involving local communities in the management and conservation of vital ecosystems.

UWS implemented a project “Promoting Capacity to Adapt to Climate change among communities of Pallisa and Kanungu Districts”  for a period of four months from 1st April to  31st July 2010 with support from APE.  The project aim was to enhance the community based organisations and people’s capacity to adapt to impacts of climate change in Kanungu District.

The project‘s specific objectives were;

  • To raise awareness of leadership initiatives in Kanungu together with the community based organisations’ leadership, in adapting to climate change.
  • To document the environmental impacts resulting from climate change in Kanungu District.
  • To create linkages and synergies between UWS and other development agencies dealing with climate change in Kanungu District.

The following activities were carried out:

  1. An awareness workshop was held on the National Action Plan on Adaptation to Climate Change for the district. NGO representatives and opinion leaders in Kanungu District  attended the workshop conducted on 23rd April 2010 in Kanungu district.
  2. The workshop proceedings were also broadcasted by Radio Kinkizi, a local radio station in south western Uganda.
  3. Kanungu Climate Change Adaptation Group was formed and the District authorities pledge to integrate climate change in all of its Departments.
  4. Establishment of linkages: activities have been conducted to follow up the project and assess the impacts of the training on the community people’s livelihoods. One follow-up meeting was organized by the UWS where different stakeholders especially those who attended the Awareness Workshop discussed how this has impacted their approaches to climate change adaptation.
  5. With the support from APE, UWS was able to participate in the World Environmental Day national celebrations which took place in Kanungu District. 

The success of this project in Kanungu did not come without challenges:

  1. The poor transport system makes Kanungu a hard to reach area.
  2. For all participants, it was the first Awareness Workshop on climate change and a one-day workshop was not enough to enable them be effective trainers on climate change. Another training of trainers session (ToT) is needed      
We wish to thank APE very much for the trust invested in us out of the multitude of applications to give us support to implement this project. This financial aid will give us an opportunity to make the public understand the dangers of climate change and to prepare them to handle climate change effects.