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A landscape approach for reviewing USAID Uganda activities in the southwest

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Contributors: Rob Clausen

This program-planning document for USAID/Uganda reviews USAID supported activities in southwest Uganda (1986-2001) and proposes a landscape approach for future Uganda program development. USAID funded protected area conservation, institutional strengthening, and community co-management programs in southwest Uganda during this period. The author finds that USAID investments in developing institutional relationships between communities and government bodies have created conditions for stronger local governance, improved livelihoods, and decreased environmental degradation. The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the Forestry Department are devolving management authorities, responsibilities and benefits to communities surrounding protected areas. Community economic benefits are generated from tourism and protected area fees in co-management programs. USAID support of protected area management has led to decreased agricultural conversion, hunting, and illegal logging in target parks and reserves. The author recommends a landscape approach to future program design for rural development and NRM to properly respond to biophysical and socioeconomic dynamics. Other program recommendations include: Promote community co-management of natural resources; Support joint-ventures between communities and the private sector; Strengthen agreements and accountability between local groups and government; Increase the capacity of government NRM institutions; Provide training for community natural resource and enterprise management; Develop and extend technologies and systems that increase productivity, diversify household economies, and reduce natural resource degradation.

Author(s): Rob Clausen

Publication Date: 2001

Location: Africa

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