Training Community Stakeholders on Payments for Ecosystem Services in Uganda
April 06, 2011 - April 08, 2011
Hoima Kolping Guest House
This course was organized by The Katoomba Group, Forest Trends’ Communities and Markets Program, and Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme through the Global Environment Facility, United States Agency for International Development through TransLinks, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and the Ugandan National Environment Management Authority.
44 community leaders from the region and 14 instructors and organizers met in Hoima, Uganda at the Hoima Kolping Conference Center. The purpose of the workshop was to increase capacity of private landowners and local communities to make informed decisions about participation in PES schemes and to better interact with PES project developers. Organizers and instructors provided foundational information on ecosystem services, markets, and payments.
At the end of the three days, participants had a strong understanding of the basic components of project design, contracts, and associated land use change commitments. The participants chosen to take part in this training were selected due to their ability to learn this new information and share it within their areas of influence, outreach to other community based organizations. This will create a multiplier effect whereby many people who could not attend the original training will also learn about payments for ecosystem services (PES) and related concepts.
This course was complemented by a seminar held in Kampala for private sector and government representatives. Please click here for more information on that workshop.
Tom Rukundo N, National Forestry Authority