WWF launches Nature based solutions campaign

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World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Uganda has launched a Nature-based Solutions (NbS) approach to mitigate climate change effects in Rwenzori region.

Nature-based solutions are seen as a fundamental component of action for climate and biodiversity.

David Duli the WWF country director, said the NBS project seeks to reduce pressure on important natural resources for climate resilience, like timber value chain; charcoal, bamboo and honey industries.

He said the project will raise awareness and capacitate the communities more prone to climate changes, increase the individual and community level resilience.

“The project will adopt community driven NbS for climate change adaptation and mitigation in key ecosystems such as forests for water towers and areas of vegetation,” he said.

Yonah Turinayo, WWF Cordinator for Energy and Extractives Programme said the approach is a win-win since they strengthen the connection of people and communities to nature. involving protecting, restoring and sustainably managing ecosystems

He says they address climate change and promote human and environmental well-being.

Turinayo said the 48-month program will be implemented in Bunyangabu, Kasese, Rubirizi, Bundibugyo, Ntoroko and Kabarole.

“The project seeks to conserve the environment, create habitats for endangered species, lower carbon emissions, restore natural beauty, and build resilience in climate-vulnerable regions,” Turinayo said.

He says Climate change is affecting the Rwenzori Mountains in different ways.

“The most visible is the rapid loss of the ice field, which shrunk from 6.5 sq km in 1906 to less than one sq km in 2003, and could completely disappear before the end of this decade, research shows,” he said.

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In 2012, forest fires reached altitudes above 4,000m, which would have been inconceivable in the past, devastating vegetation that controlled the flow of the rivers downstream.

Since then, the communities living at the foot of the Rwenzori have suffered some of the most destructive floods the area has ever seen, coupled with a pattern of less frequent but heavier rainfall.

In May last year, five local rivers burst their banks after heavy rains. The waters came down the mountain carrying large boulders, sweeping away houses and schools and razing the entire town of Kalembe to the ground.

Around 25,000 houses were destroyed and 173,000 people were affected.

WWF Uganda Country Office will implent the project alongside Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU), key local civil society hubs, District Timber Growers Associations and The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation (TUNADO).

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