Empowering communities – Participatory management of Lake George Landings for improved sanitation and livelihoods

2014 Finalist

This project targets sustainable management of water resources at 8 landing sites in the Lake George basin. The lake is fed by several rivers, whose catchment areas are currently undergoing degeneration, which affects the integrity of the entire catchment area of Lake George.

Project Description

Major activities include the mapping and demarcation of sensitive fish breeding zones as well as the promotion of soil and water conservation techniques to control runoff into the lake. Runoff control is achieved by re-growing all degenerated areas at the landing site (tree planting) as well as capacity building workshops for the Beach Management Units. To support their mandates, by-laws will be for-mulated and audio-visual information material developed.

Project goal and impact

This project aims to empower the communities socially and economically and enhance the operational capacities of the existing institutional structures.

Ecological

The demarcation of protected fish breeding zones will improve fish productivity and the protection of the lakes fauna and flora habitats. Re-growing the degenerated land and tree planting will equally moderate climate as well as provide an enriched biodiversity. The establishment of infrastructures for the management of waste from households and landing sites will improve the hygiene and sanitation and reduce pollution of ground and lake water. It will therefore also benefit aquatic biodiversity.

Economic

Improved fish catches and soil and water conservation techniques will lead to higher household incomes by improving agricultural productions.

Social

Improved fish catches will boost the health of the communities (especially women and children) and provide employment and income. Improved hygiene and sanitation will reduce incidences of water borne diseases such as typhoid, diarrhoea, dysentery, paratyphoid enteric fever. The thereby reduced expenditures on health related cases can then be transformed into savings for future use.

Participation of the communities

The project is implemented in cooperation with the Directorate of Water Resources management, the Uganda Water and Sanitation Network and Participatory Ecological and Land-use Management (PELUM). Through the already established Beach Management Units and Water User Associations, the communities will be given the technical and financial support to implement the developed action plans, guided by the project staff.

Long term viability

Long-term viability is ensured by mainstreaming the project activities into the local development plans at parish, sub-county and district levels and integrating this knowledge into the existing national institutional structures agenda. The project is therefore owned and driven by its stakeholders. Additionally, capacity building of the existing institutions would strengthen the operations of the structures.

Information about the organization

JESE is an indigenous non-government, service-providing organisation registered as a company. Its area of concern is in the Albertine Rift Eco region in Western Uganda. The organisation focuses on natural resource management, food security, IWRM, Climate change, water and sanitation and other cross-cutting issues, including gender.

Submitted by: 
Joint Effort to Save the Environment (JESE)
Award year: 
2014

Joint Effort to Save the Environment
Uganda

Ms Twine Teddy Rwaribwije, Natural Resources Program Manager
twineteddy@gmail.com