REDD+ is an international mechanism for providing result-based payments for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). It offers an opportunity for Uganda to serve the common interest in managing its forests in a balanced way for long-term sustainable economic growth; to support the livelihoods of local, rural and forest dependent communities; and to ensure that its important natural heritage is conserved.
This report summarizes the achievements of this work titled ‘Updating the Ecological Baseline and the Socio-economic Data for Six Central Forest Reserves(Mabira, Namakupa, Nandagi, Kalagala Falls, Namawanyi and Namananga) and Updating the Management Plan for Mabira Central Forest Reserve’.
The report is a technical documentation of the ecoSurvey Management Information System a tool design to automate the social economic, ecological and water survey for Ministry of water and the various agencies that interface with it. It allows the user capture results of the survey. The system can be hosted on an online environment/ webserver so that authorised users of the system can access if from anywhere as long as they have the rights to log into the system.
This report is written to update the ecological baseline information for the Mabira ecosystem. Inevitably, the bulk of the ecological baseline data is comprised of biodiversity data. Biodiversity is a word that is now more common than it was at the time of the first Forest Department Biodiversity inventories in the 1990s. It describes the variety of life at all levels of organisation from ecosystems to species/organisms and genes.
The Mabira Forest Ecosystem is globally recognised for its importance in the conservation of biodiversity and protection of the watershed. Human and wildlife populations around the Lake Victoria basin derive their livelihoods from the Mabira Forest Ecosystem. It is therefore an area of high priority for the Ministry of Water and Environment in as far as livelihoods and ecosystem health are concerned. It is necessary for the National Forestry Authority.
Mabira Management Plan Area is made up of six(6) forests namely Mabira, Namakupa, Nandagi,Kalagala Falls, Namawanyi and Namananga.
Socio-Economic Baseline for Communities around the Six Central Forest Reserves
This National Forest Plan has been developed by Forestry Sector Support Department (FSSD) with financial support from FAO-NFP facility and FAO-Technical Support programme (TCP) grant to address the deteriorating situation in the forestry sector. It is a contribution to the implementation of the National Development Plan (2010) which placed forestry at the centre of Uganda’s development agenda by categorizing it as a primary growth sector.