FITCA-EMMC workshops on information exchange and training with rural communities on environment: Eastern Uganda. W1

Kang'Ethe Erastus, Toutain Bernard, Maitima Joseph, Mbugua Simon, Mbuvi Dorcas. 2003. FITCA-EMMC workshops on information exchange and training with rural communities on environment: Eastern Uganda. W1. Bruxelles : European Union, 55 p. Autre type de numéro : PROJECT N°7.ACP.RP.R.578, N° de rapport : FITCA EMMC N°W1

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Abstract : Four workshops were held in four sub counties in the districts of Soroti, Tororo, Iganga and Kamuli. Five to seven villages were involved in each sub county. Participatory approach was used to gather the farmers' perception on four environmental themes; Forests and woodlands, wetlands and water, land and soils and livestock and wildlife. The main issues that have caused changes in each theme were: deforestation; cultivation of wetlands and drying up of swamps; land degradation and low productivity; livestock diseases and habitat destruction. 5 The communities related the changes to their effects on human livelihood and incidences of sleeping sickness and Nagana. Majority of these changes have had negative impacts on livelihood, thus making the communities poorer than before. Loss of habitat due to over exploitation of forests and cultivation of wetlands have affected tsetse ecolo gy and resulted in sleeping sickness and Nagana. The activities being undertaken by FITCA in reclaiming tsetse infested areas and making them available for agricultural activities are short term benefits whereas land degradation and the resultant cycle of poverty are the long term outcomes, unless steps are taken now to address the expected land use changes and the land carrying capacity. In this regard the initiative to encourage zero grazing and pasture development may help to address the problem of land degradation. The communities developed a suite of recommendations and indicators for each theme. It is important that follow up meetings be done to see the development of action plans at village level to implement these recommendations in order to arrest the downward spiral of the environment. Involvement of communities in monitoring, management and conservation is important in order to have a sustained conservation effort, as these communities are the ones bearing the full impacts of the changes that have taken place in the environment. (Résumé d’auteur)

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
A01 - Agriculture - General aspects
K01 - Forestry - General aspects
P36 - Soil erosion, conservation and reclamation
F01 - Crop husbandry
L01 - Animal husbandry
L72 - Pests of animals
L73 - Animal diseases

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Kang'Ethe Erastus
  • Toutain Bernard, CIRAD-EMVT-ECONAP (KEN)
  • Maitima Joseph, ILRI (KEN)
  • Mbugua Simon
  • Mbuvi Dorcas

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