Capacity Building

Mt. Elgon is an extinct volcano located in the eastern part of Uganda and bisected by the Uganda/Kenya border. The Mt. Elgon National Park on the Ugandan side is home to a variety of species of flora and fauna and is a popular tourist destination. The main source of livelihood for these people is agriculture, and the hilly areas are cleared for agricultural fields and settlements. As a result, the Mt. Elgon slopes are highly prone to landslides which are caused by a combination of unsustainable land use practices, high population densities, heavy rainfalls, as well as natural factors such as soil properties and hill steepness.

Fredskorpset (FK Norway) is an exchange programme supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that promotes mutual capacity building and ‘partnerships for development’ as a way to strengthen the understanding between the North and the South. The programme supports GRID-Arendal’s vision of capacity-building and is carried out with UNEP’s support as it contributes to the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity Building. The exchange strengthens the expertise of GRID-Arendal and of collaborating partner institutions in addressing international environmental issues.

In order to strengthen the use of environmental assessment reports in policy-making, a pilot project was completed in 2010 to repackage findings from a number of Ugandan environmental assessments into a handbook that highlight key pieces of legislation and research materials as well as policy gaps and overlaps. The overall purpose of the handbook Uganda’s Environment and Natural Resources: Enhancing Parliament’s Oversight is to guide parliamentary debate and the formulation of environmental laws and policies, thereby strenghtening the oversight function of the Ugandan parliament.

Feasibility study

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