Objective 1: Environment and natural resources protected and restored and green livelihoods promoted using a catchment-based approach
The Office of the Prime Minister and partners have declared environmental protection and restoration a major priority and key humanitarian-development nexus issue in the Uganda Refugee Response. Partners including each refugee-hosting District Local Government, are supporting implementation and joint monitoring of environment sensitisation campaigns, catchment management, wetland demarcation and restoration, tree-marking, tree nursery operations, tree growing and maintenance and green livelihoods such as beekeeping, farmer-managed natural regeneration, agroforestry, value-addition of non-wood forest products such as shea nuts and fruits among other activities.
In 2019, the Ministry of Water and Environment formed a Refugee Response Sub-Group to steer the development of a sector-wide response plan that will guide a longer term development approach to the response. The National Forestry Authority also joined the response and is currently restoring 422 hectares of Central Forest Reserves adjacent to refugee settlements including 3 new bamboo nurseries and plantations while supporting scale-up of local and regional nurseries to produce over 8 million assorted species of seedlings to refugee and host communities by next year. A strong emphasis is being placed on tree survival after planting by using a community demand driven approach to species selection and cash for work for planting and maintenance