In the Rwenzori area, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has started a shs3.9 billion Green Jobs and Nature-based Solution initiative.
The Danish Family Planning Association (DFPA) is funding a four-year initiative that seeks to alleviate community vulnerabilities and empower women and youths to create economic and natural assets.
During the project’s virtual debut, David Duli, the WWF country director, said the Rwenzori area was chosen because it is prone to natural calamities like as floods and drought, and has been for the past ten years.
“The Rwenzori region is one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, with a wide range of agriculture, tourism, people and culture, natural resources, and industrialization,” Duli said. “However, the region is vulnerable to natural disasters such as floods and drought, and such interventions are desperately needed,” he added.
He stated that the current unsustainable usage of natural resources, like as forests, which have shrunk from 24 percent of Uganda’s total land area to barely 9%, necessitates programs such as Green Jobs and Nature-based solutions.
“Through this project, youths and women, in particular, will have access to better livelihoods, good green jobs, and the formation of businesses. We’ll concentrate on jobs in the repair industry and in industries that lessen the strain on natural resources.”
The initiative will encompass the districts of Kasese, Kabalole, Bunyangabo, Ntoroko, Bundibujo, and Bunyangabo in the Rwenzori area, according to Dduli, and will assist promote community resilience and sustainability as a fundamental strategy to protecting natural resources.