Projects

SECURING UGANDA’S NATURAL RESOURCE BASE IN PROTECTED AREAS PROJECT

The Republic of Uganda will implement the Securing Uganda’s Natural Resource Base in Protected Areas Project (the Project), with the involvement of the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MOFPED) and the following agencies: National Forestry Authority (NFA) and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). The International Development Association (the Association) has agreed to provide financing for the Project.

The Republic of Uganda shall implement material measures and actions so that the Project is implemented in accordance with the Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs). This Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP) sets out material measures and actions, any specific documents or plans, as well as the timing for each of these.

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SECURING UGANDA’S NATURAL RESOURCE BASE IN PROTECTED AREAS PROJECT

The proposed project will support forest monitoring and community livelihoods engagements of the National Forestry Authority and Uganda Wildlife Authority in key protected areas within the Albertine landscape. These activities have been severely affected by COVID-19. The project will support UWA and NFA protection and forest restoration activities, including monitoring and patrolling activities, activities aimed at prevention of human-wildlife conflict, and restoration of forest cover through enrichment planting, using community labor as per standard procedures in use by these agencies. The project will also support livelihoods and employment opportunities in forest-adjacent communities, through provision of inputs for alternative livelihoods (both natural-resource based and not) to create innovative income streams for these communities and support job creation.

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SECURING UGANDA’S NATURAL RESOURCE BASE IN PROTECTED AREAS ,LABOUR MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES (LMP)

Management of labor resources is a fundamental element of conducting a project. Therefore, the World Bank attaches great emphasis on managing labour and provides a framework through preparation of Labour Management Procedures (LMP). This is highlighted in the national legislation – through meeting the requirements under the Employment Act, 2006, other associated policies and Acts; and the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework, specifically Environmental and Socials Standard 2: Labour and Working Conditions (ESS2) as well as Standard 4: Community Health and Safety (ESS4).

The LMP seeks to ensure that measures are in place to manage risks associated with employment under the project and help to determine the resources necessary for labour planning and management. These procedures will be applied to different categories of workers, including the project direct workers, contracted workers, and community workers. This LMP is applicable to all project workers, whether full time, part time or temporary.

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SECURING UGANDA’S NATURAL RESOURCE BASE IN PROTECTED AREAS PROJECT
Stakeholder Engagement Plan
(SEP)

The proposed project will have two components. Geographically, project activities will be implemented in selected locations with highest existing pressures, with the focus on the Murchison Falls NP, Queen Elizabeth NP, and Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve areas for UWA and the following CFRs for NFA: Budongo, Bugoma, Kasyoha-Kitomi, Kalinzu, and Wambabya (in the Budongo Forest Range),Participatory forest management approaches, including collaborative forest management (CFM) implemented by the NFA and collaborative resource use management (CRM) implemented by UWA, are provided for in the national policy framework. Such approaches have been effective in many countries, but in Uganda, they have been adopted rather slowly. There is increased interest in participatory forest management, driven by increasing scarcity of forest products and services, shortage of private land, desire to access land within forest reserves, and emerging realization of the benefits that participatory forest management can bring for local communities.

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