By Kabuye Ronald
Government through the ministry of finance, ministry of water and environment has signed a memorandum of understanding with a Tunisian organization Sahara and Sahel Observatory to enhance resilience of communities to climate change through catchment based integrated management of water and related resources in Uganda.
The 2017-2021, 4 years signed deal project is to cost 7.8 billion US dollars, where experts shall be travelling to different areas to increase resilience of communities to the risk of floods and landslides.
The project shall be held in Aswa Basin in upper Nile water management zone, Awoja found in Kyoga Basin in Kyoga water management zone, and Maziba found in Kagera basin in Victoria water management zone.
Speaking during MOU signing ceremony held at the ministry of finance headquarters in Kampala, Finance minister Matia Kasaija, said that the project aims to increasing the resilience of ecosystems by supporting sustainable management of forests, wetlands and riverbanks.
Kasaija also noted that the project aims at increasing the resilience of agricultural landscapes by supporting communities to develop and implement sustainable water harvesting, soil bio physical and flood control structures.
He also further noted that its to increase other community livelihood systems by supporting income generating activities with credit and market access, build capacity of extension services and institutions at local to support stakeholders