One of the areas in Uganda that is severely affected and highly vulnerable to extreme landslides and flooding is Eastern Uganda in Mpologoma catchment. Mpologoma catchment covers 7,862 square kilometres of land area and 1,127 square kilometres of water area. The catchment is also characterized by a variety of ecosystems such as wetlands, farmlands, bush land, and forest land. Mpologoma catchment is reportedly experiencing more erratic and unpredictable rainfalls, both in amount, duration, and intensity in recent years all attributed to climate change.
The main drivers for climate change vulnerability in Mpologoma catchment is high population growth, over dependence on unsustainable rain-fed agriculture and on natural resources, and inadequate options for alternative incomes. The human population in Mpologoma catchment is susceptible to water and sanitation related diseases due to floods and landslides aggravated by limited, unsustainable and unreliable Flood Early Warning systems and strategies.
This project intends to build on the existing initiatives of Water Aid Uganda (WAU) in Eastern Uganda and undertake new interventions aimed at building the resilience of communities to climate change. The project will focus on strengthening institutional capacity for planning, designing, implementing and monitoring integrated Flood Early Warning systems (FEWS) and climate-smart WASH technologies. The project will be implemented in different sites upstream, midstream and downstream areas within Mpologoma catchment. These sites are considered to be most vulnerable and prone to floods and landslides and to climate change impacts.
The overall goal of the project is to increase the resilience of communities to climate change risks of floods and landslides through timely response to climate hazards, sustainable community access to water, sanitation and hygiene services and integrated catchment management measures in Mpologoma catchment. The project aims to benefit 40,933 individuals and enhance 12 Early Warning Systems.
|Project Component 1: Strengthening institutional capacity for planning, designing, implementing and monitoring integrated Flood Early Warning systems (FEWS) and climate-smart WASH technologies
|Project Component 2: Facilitating communities to undertake adaptation actions for reinforcing resilience of populations and ecosystems against floods and landslides
|Project Component 3: Enhancing knowledge management and skills sharing in FEWS, climate resilient WASH and Catchment Management technologies
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