RCE Greater Masaka-2017

1. Project Title: 
Lake Victoria Cathment Environment Education project
2. Thematic area/s addressed by the project
3. Project partner contact information : 
Nature Uganda
Overseeing implementation of ESD activities in LVCEEP
Main Contact: 
Achilles Byaruhanga, Executive Director, achilles.byaruhanga@gmail.com
Nanjobe Joyce Kawooya
Core team ESD LVCEEP, Greater Masaka
4. Project type
5. Project description
Provide a short description of the project including strategies, regional challenges, aims and specific project activities.: 

The project implemented in the RCE greater Masaka, lake Victoria Basin, particularly in the lower catchment districts, that are south of the equator (i.e. Masaka, Lwengo, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi, Lyantonde, Sembabule, Rakai, Gomba, Kalangala). The project equips people with knowledge and skills in sustainable development, making them more competent and confident while at the same time increasing their opportunities for leading healthy and productive lives in harmony with nature and with concern for social, economic and cultural diversity. It targets the children in schools (primary and secondary), youths and other community members, both men and women.

The main goal of the ESD LVCEEP project is to secure the ecological integrity and sustainability of the Lake Victoria Catchment Area for the benefit of its inhabitants and biological diversity. The purpose of the program is to empower catchment communities, schools and regional partners with knowledge, motivation, and abilities for the sustainable use and management of natural resources.

The program uses ESD as a strategy to build capacity of students, youth groups, and communities to promote sound environmental management and conservation of natural resources at the same time as empowering communities to improve their livelihoods through the WHOLE SCHOOL and the MODEL VILLAGE Approaches, while using the following interventions;

  • Working with the government to develop policies and curricula that integrate ESD
  • Developing and disseminating ESD best practices through use of model schools and villages
  • Capacity building through training of core teams of trainers among teachers
  • Green entrepreneurship projects that builds capacities of youths to manage natural resources sustainably such as bee keeping, tree nurseries and woodlots as well as orchards

The concept of ESD villages and schools used in promoting the Whole School and model villages approach demonstrates the wise of natural resources. The approach initiates various enterprises that are environmental friendly within the schools and communities/villages. The ESD model schools, youth and community groups act as co-managers of the natural resources and are key players in the monitoring of surrounding wetlands, rivers, forests and the lake. The villages on the other hand ensure that there is an empowered society that promotes good governance, participation and accountability in managing resources.

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6. Project status
The project is implemented in phases, the second phase ended in 2016, now a third phase is in planning and is expected to start in 2018
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