Implementation of environmental management activities in the Karamoja region

In light of the twin problems of climate change and environmental degradation with an effort to increase the adaptive capacity of the vulnerable communities to mitigate droughts/floods, FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in collaboration with JEEP – Joint Energy and Environment Projects are supporting communities in Karamoja to build resilience through implementation of environmental management activities in the region. In January 14th – 23rd 2013, JEEP met programme coordinators, facilitators and mobilizers from the 4 districts of Napak, Nakapiripirit, Moroto and Amudat.

Update May 2015

Members of Parliament seminar on KAL Project

Members of parliament from the district where KAL project is carried out together with the members of Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change (PFCC) were invited. However, a big number of them did not turn up due to many committees which were sitting at the same time. We were also told that others were back having campaigning for the coming elections. Still, the few expressed their challenges and also showed interest in JEEP’s project as it’s one of the ways their constituency could develop, some of them expect too much from JEEP. We also told them that their people expect a lot from them, both assumptions caused a serious debate! At least there was a consensus that JEEP and MPs have to work together in the advocacy work on Environmental Issues.

Update June 2015

LIGHT in Schools

It’s so expensive, in fact, that we’ve heard stories of parents stopping their children from studying at night because they can’t afford the kerosene to keep the lights on.  Teachers in rural areas often complain that their urban peers have an unfair advantage simply because their children have light at night. The donation of 30 Solar powered lighting units to 30 schools is the best solution for the future in the above stories and complaints.

Access to electricity inUganda is limited for most of the population. The Ugandan census of 2002 reported that 7.7% of households used electricity for lighting (37% of urban households and 2.6% of rural households) this was up from 5.6% in 1991. In contrast, 74.8% of households (33.3% of urban and 88.2% of rural) were using “tadooba”, a form of paraffin candle, for lighting

Fuel-based lighting is a costly and inefficient lighting option, and often consuming between 10 to15 per cent of annual income, forcing the poorest families to divert essential funds away from other critical needs such as children’s education, family health care and nutrition.
Fuel-based lighting also induces significant environmental and social costs, contributing to increases in greenhouse gas emissions and indoor air pollution, impairing human health, jeopardizing safety, and limiting overall productivity.

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