Investing in Forest and protected Areas for Climate Smart Development Project
Funded by World Bank, the project objective is to enhance forest and wildlife conservation for the benefit of local communities and sustenance of their livelihoods and the country’s economy. The 6-year project shall be implemented primarily in 37 districts surrounding 7 National Parks, 4 Wildlife Reserves, and 28 Central Forest Reserves including the 16 Refugee host districts. The remaining District Local Governments shall benefit from the tree planting project component. The Wildlife Areas are; Mghinga Gorilla National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Semuliki National Park, Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Kibale National Park, Katonga Wildlife Reserve, Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve, Murchison Falls National Park, and Ajai Wildlife Reserve. The project was approved by the Parliament of Uganda on 28th April 2021.
The Government of Uganda has designed the “Investing in Forest and protected Areas for Climate Smart Development Project”, (The Project), that will be financed by the International Development Association (World Bank) and Government of Uganda. Preparation of The Project is led by the Ministry of Water and Environment, together with the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Uganda Wildlife Authority, and the National Forestry Authority. The project aims to improve sustainable management of forests and protected areas and increase benefits from forests and protected areas in the target landscapes.
The Investing in Forest and protected Areas for Climate Smart Development Project preparation builds on the national REDD+ Readiness processes during which a national REDD+ Strategy and National Forest Plan (FIP) were prepared, through a wider stakeholder consultation process. The National REDD+ Strategy includes 8 REDD+ Strategy Options which have formed the basis for identifying appropriate interventions to be supported by the Project. Investment Project #1 of the FIP has been designed to be implemented as IFPA-CD project.