The Shared Resources, Joint Solutions Programme, which was officially launched on the 27th of February 2017, is a five year programme funded by the Netherlands ministry of foreign affairs and IUCN Netherlands. The Programme will work to reduce the impact of international drivers/threats of ecosystem change and degradation such as the emerging Oil and Gas sector, sugarcane & tobacco growing and other extractives within two major landscapes i.e. Murchison Landscape in Western Uganda and the Queen Elizabeth Landscape in south western Uganda. Its main approach will be through lobby & advocacy and building the capacity of program stakeholders.
The Programme will provide the Ugandan implementing partners comprising of NAPE, AFIEGO, ECOTRUST and IUCN-UCO with capacity to build partnerships with central government, local government, and civil society in order to promote community rights and conservation of these landscapes which of vital importance in the provisioning of International Public Goods.
Overall, the Programme will ensure that ‘environmentally sustainable development activities are achieved through two pathways i.e. the Forest landscape around Budongo and Oil & Gas in Murchison Falls National Park.
The expected outcomes include;
- Sustainable agricultural and other good land uses adopted and practiced by the producers in and around Murchison landscape.
- Mandated institutions adequately manage protected areas.
- Oil and Gas impact on ecosystems minimized in the Murchison landscape
- National, social and environmental policies are complied with by all players in the oil and gas industry.
- All relevant International policies are complied with by all players in the oil and gas industry.
- Oil and gas companies’ own policies are complied with.
The programme has endeavored to build gender-responsive capacity for Programme partners and enhance gender and social inclusiveness outcomes. ECOTRUST has carried out a series of stakeholder consultative meetings at district level and embarked on a community visioning exercise targeting 28 communities in both landscapes to ensure that; land users adopt sustainable land use practices, districts develop and enforce green and inclusive district plans, bye-laws and ordinances, and that Supply chains adopt and apply sustainability standards.