Mbale CAP is a coalition against poverty, which comprises of Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local governments of three districts of Manafwa, Mbale and Bududa. This coalition works on a range of environmental, health, education and livelihood projects geared towards reduction of poverty amongst the communities of Mbale region.
Mbale CAP partnered with ECOTRUST in the month of July to initiate a community based carbon financing/offsetting scheme starting with conducting of a feasibility assessment/study of the current project.
The overall aim of the project is to increase community resilience in relation to climate change impacts in the Mbale Region of Uganda through adaptation and mitigation interventions. It will also contribute to the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals by improving and protecting crop yields and thus food security, leading to more sustainable livelihoods. Emphasis will be placed on empowering voiceless groups, especially women, youths and people with disabilities in sustainable agroforestry, land management practices and growing of fruit trees.
So far, key informant interviews with key stakeholders, including the implementing agencies both at the secretariat and field level, local leadership and district local government focal persons have been held in order to assesss the governance structure and the roles of each stakeholder. Focus Group Discussions were also held in the month of August with representatives from all the community members in order to elicit people’s opinions and perceptions of the project and furthermore to understand the reasons and motivations for participating in the project activities.
At the end of the assessment ECOTRUST will offer guidance to project leadership on how to proceed with implementation of a sustained community-based carbon offsetting scheme and best land use practices.