Water is one of the most basic necessities of life, but something that many people struggle to find within the Virunga Landscape. Annual rainfall is plentiful but water sources are rare due to the volcanic geology that either forces rainwater to quickly runoff or infiltrate deeply. The International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), as part of [...]
A potato crop is only as good as the seed potatoes that it was started with. In most cases in the Great Lakes region, the seed potatoes are, unfortunately, of poor quality and already harboring diseases such as late blight and bacterial wilt. In a previous post, we informed you of efforts being made by [...]
Taking hold in the Great Lakes region is the system of ground-up development, in which the lowest level of government, LC1 in Uganda, directly tied to a small population it represents, conceives of their own plans for development and then sends them up through the government chain. These systems are aspirational and require that appropriate [...]
In September 2008, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) decreed the establishment of Gorilla Levy Funds designated to benefit communities in the Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Area (BMCA). Funds accrued from the sale of gorilla permits are channeled to local government authorities as a conditional grant. The conditions for the funds are that communities participate in the [...]
To enhance high quality productivity of potatoes in Kabale District, EEEGL and the Kachwekano Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (KAZARDI) have partnered to strengthen the capacity of the Uganda National Seed Potato Producers Association (UNSPPA).
EEEGL is collaborating with the Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the Districts neighboring the Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Area on a review the bye-laws regulating the access to the park and its resources by local people. We recently met with Rogers Akatwijuka, who is the Natural Resources Officer of Kanungu District. Rogers chairs the park bye-laws review task force in Kanungu District and we asked him about the progress of the activity.