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WWF Launches Project to Enhance Community Participation in Strengthening Climate Resilience :: Uganda Radionetwork
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WWF Launches Project to Enhance Community Participation in Strengthening Climate Resilience

Funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) through the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the project will involve collaboration with the local governments of Kasese, Rubirizi, Kanungu, and Kanungu, in partnership with the Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA and Civil Society.
Launch of CAPA Initiative

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The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has initiated a two-and-a-half-year project aimed at fostering a sustainable relationship between human beings and nature in the greater Virunga landscape. 

The project, named the Leading the Change: Climate Adaptation and Protected Areas (CAPA) Initiative, seeks to promote natural solutions that enhance climate resilience and safeguard biodiversity within and around Protected Areas (PAs) and critical landscapes. 

Funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) through the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the project will involve collaboration with the local governments of Kasese, Rubirizi, Kanungu, and Kanungu, in partnership with the Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA and Civil Society. 

According to Ivan Tumuhimbise, the WWF-Uganda Country Director, the initiative prioritizes enhancing women's participation in decision-making and addressing gender inequalities that exacerbate their vulnerability to climate change. The program's main focus is to empower and support communities in building their resilience to climate change.

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Tumuhimbise emphasized the necessity of sustainable ecosystem management, underscoring their significance as primary providers of essential goods and services for human existence.    

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Commenting on the matter, John Makombo, the Conservation Director at the Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA, stressed the urgency of addressing climate change issues, particularly the vanishing vegetation in conservation areas and the rising temperatures. He highlighted the importance of collective efforts in reversing these changes

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Makombo urged district local governments to integrate climate change concerns into their regular development and operational plans, ensuring the long-term sustainability of initiatives such as CAPA, even after the conclusion of funding.

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Engineering Sam Kajojo, the Kanungu District LC V echoed the sentiments, emphasizing the significance of integrating trees into farming practices. He highlighted how such practices not only contribute to environmental conservation but also enhance food production, carbon storage, and species preservation.

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