INCEPTION MEETING HELD
To kick start the project an inception meeting was held on Friday 13 April 2018 at at Country Inn in Pallisa.
Popular media covered the event (see report in The Newvision of 17 April 2018)
During the meeting the project coordinator gave the project overview (details in this presentation)
AWARENESS CREATION A MONG STAKEHOLDERS
Key stakeholders from relevant institutions were identified and mapped i.e. officials from National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Directorate of Fisheries Resources (DiFR), Ministry of Water, Environment-Wetlands Management Department (MWE-WMD), Local Government Officials from the three riparian districts including district fisheries officer, natural resources/ environment officer, community development officer, secretary production officer, Fisheries officer and so on, academia including Kumi and Busitema universities and institutions and non-governmental organization staff. Further primary stakeholders (Resource users) comprising of fishers, crop farmers, livestock grazers, papyrus harvesters, domestic water users, land tenants and land lords and secondary stakeholders like religious leaders, Local Council one (LC1) at local community level. Non-governmental and government programs were also identified in the project area including Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF), Vision Teso Rural Development Organization (Vision TERUDO) and also Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) which is a projects run by the government of Uganda.
FORMATION OF COMMUNITY CONSERVATION GROUPS
Ten community conservation committees from fourteen fishing villages were established, three training workshop were held in the Districts of Kumi, Nogra and Pallisa in conservation agreement and benefits of conservation. Atotal of 97 members of the committees were trained in their respective Districts
ONGOING PROJECT ACTIVITIES
1. Baseline social economic and biodiversity surveys
2. Developing and approval if Lake Nyaguo management plan.
3. Further training of community conservation committees.
CHALLENGES DURING PROJECT IMPLEMEMTATION
1. Logistical problem, the number of people who attended meeting were three times more than the planned number.
2. Language barier.
3. Delays in release of funds