Innovative Participation in Conservation and Poverty Alleviation (IPaCoPA)

Tree Uganda Academy
Publicado: 20 Septiembre 2021
Última edición: 20 Septiembre 2021
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Resumen

IPaCoPA is an inclusive regeneration entrepreneurial design sparked in 2016 to aid and philanthropy community led conservation and poverty alleviation. In 2018 it was recognised as one of the best Panorama Solutions for a Healthy Planet.

Over time, this solution has been improved by consolidating best practices in Agriculture, Conservation and Ecotourism to address the increasing need for nature conservation and livelihood development. 

IPaCoPA solution is being applied through formation of grassroots community led conservation groups and clubs and capacity building members to implement the strategic directions of the organisation approved by the Board. We integrate the Village Savings and Loan Scheme and invite external partners to enable community’s easy access to finance and resources to invest in conservation and livelihood initiatives embedded in the IPaCoPA solution whilst sparingly utilising the natural resources which allows space for threatened species to thrive.

    Classifications

    Región
    África Oriente y África del Sur
    Escala de aplicación
    Local
    Ecosistema
    Agro-ecosistema
    Agroforesteria
    Bosques tropicales de hoja perenne
    Campos de cultivo
    Ecosistemas de agua dulce
    Ecosistemas de pastizales
    Ecosistemas forestales
    Huerto
    Humedales (pantano, turberas)
    Pradera tropical, sabana, matorral
    Selva baja caducifolia
    Tema
    Acceso y participación en los beneficios
    Actores locales
    Agricultura
    Caza furtiva y delitos ambientales
    Ciencia y investigación
    Comunicación y divulgación
    Conectividad / conservación transfronteriza
    Conocimientos tradicionales
    Cultura
    Energías renovables
    Especies y la extinción
    Financiación sostenible
    Fragmentación del hábitat y degradación
    Gestión de fuego
    Gestión de residuos
    Gestión de tierras
    Gestión y planificación de áreas protegidas y conservadas
    Gobernanza de las áreas protegidas y conservadas
    Incorporación de la perspectiva de género
    Institucionalización de la biodiversidad
    Manejo de bosques
    Manejo de cuencas
    Marco legal y normativo
    Medios de vida sostenibles
    Ordenamiento territorial terrestre
    Paz y seguridad humana
    Poblaciones indígenas
    Prevención de erosión
    Restauracion
    Salud y bienestar humano
    Seguridad alimentaria
    Servicios ecosistémicos
    Standards/ certification
    Turismo
    Retos
    Sequía
    Incremento de temperatura
    Degradación de tierras y bosques
    Pérdida de la biodiversidad
    Cambio estacional
    Fuegos silvestres
    Usos conflictivos / impactos acumulativos
    Erosión
    Pérdida de ecosistemas
    Cacería furtiva
    Contaminación (incluida la eutrofización y la basura)
    Gestión ineficaz de los recursos financieros
    Falta de acceso a financiación a largo plazo
    Falta de oportunidades de ingresos alternativos
    Extracción de recursos físicos
    Cambios en el contexto socio-cultural
    Falta de capacidad técnica
    Falta de conciencia del público y de los responsables de la toma de decisiones
    Deficiente vigilancia y aplicación de la ley
    Deficiente gobernanza y participación
    Conflicto social y disturbios civiles
    Falta de seguridad alimentaria
    Desempleo / pobreza
    Objectivos de Desarrollo Sostenible
    ODS 1 - Fin de la pobreza
    ODS 2 - Hambre cero
    ODS 3 - Salud y bienestar
    ODS 4 - Educación de calidad
    ODS 5 - Igualidad de género
    ODS 7 - Energía asequible y no contaminante
    ODS 8 - Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
    ODS 10- Reducción de las desigualidades
    ODS 11 - Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
    ODS 12 - Producción y consumo responsables
    ODS 13 - Acción por el clima
    ODS 15 - Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
    ODS 16 - Paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas
    ODS 17 - Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
    Metas de Aichi
    Meta 1: Aumento de la sensibilization sobre la biodiversidad
    Meta 2: Valores de biodiversidad integrados
    Meta 3: Incentivos reformados
    Meta 4: Producción y consumo sostenibles
    Meta 5: Pérdida de hábitat reducida a la mitad o reducida
    Meta 7: Agricultura, acuicultura y silvicultura
    Meta 8: Reducción de la contaminación
    Meta 11: Áreas protegidas y conservadas
    Meta 12: Reducir el riesgo de extinción
    Meta 14: Los servicios ecosistemicos
    Meta 15: Restauración de ecosistemas y resiliencia
    Meta 17: Estrategias y planes de acción para la biodiversidad
    Meta 18: Conocimiento tradicional
    Meta 19: Intercambio de información y conocimiento
    Meta 20: Movilización de recursos de todas las fuentes
    Metas del marco de Sendai
    Meta 2: Reducir el número de personas afectadas a nivel global para 2030
    Meta 3: Reducir las pérdidas económicas directas por desastre en relación al PIB para 2030
    Meta 5: Incrementar el número de países con estrategias nacionales y locales para la reducción de riesgos para el 2020.
    Meta 6: Incrementar la cooperación hacia países en desarrollo a través de apoyo adecuado y sustentable a fin de complementar sus acciones
    Enfoques para el compromiso empresarial
    Compromiso directo con una empresa
    Compromiso directo con asociaciones
    Indirecto a través de instituciones financieras
    Indirecto a través del gobierno
    Indirecto a través de actores legales

    Ubicación

    Kanungu
    Kigezi
    Uganda

    Retos

    Environmental:

    • Natural Resource depletion; being tackled through awareness creation and access to essential ecosystem services.
    • Limited conservation knowledge and skills; being tackled through trainings on sustainable management practices, basic wildlife use rights and conservation challenges.

    Social:

    • Civil Rights and Racial Discrimination coupled with Climate injustices; being tackled through group formation to encourage cohesion, Collective visioning and joint decision making.
    • Climate change; being tackled through afforestation, Agroforestry and renewable energy.
    • Gender and other forms of inequalities; being tackled through group/club formation.
    • Degenerating African Cultural Heritage; being tackled through Traditional Music, Dance and Drama with meaningful contribution to nature conservation.   

    Economic:

    • Poverty and limited access to Financing; being tackled through commercial farming of chilli, Ecotourism, Village Savings and Loan Association Scheme and linkages with financial institutions.

    Beneficiarios

    • Crop and animal farmers.
    • Youth and women.
    • Pupils and students.
    • Plant and animal diversity.
    • Government of Uganda.
    • Tourists and participating communities by embracing ecotourism as defined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

    ¿ Cómo interactúan los building blocks en la solución?

    The TUA Board mobilises resources and makes log term plans for the organisation that shape the course of action the Staff has to follow to achieve our mission "a Clean, health and well protected environment supporting a sustainable society and economy", which we cannot achieve alone. This calls for community participation in form of Tree Academy Groups and Clubs (TAGs & TACs).  

    The TAGs and TACs are grassroots innovation hubs, the channels of communication and distribution of our products and services to achieve our enormous mission. They play a pivotal role in amplifying awareness creation and advocacy for climate justice. To achieve the latter, requires finance which calls for the Village savings and Loan Scheme and the External partners.

    Access to finance is a vital component in the Conservation and Livelihood “equation”. Because most local community members lack prerequisites to secure soft loans from financial institutions, we integrate the VSLA Scheme to secure group guarantorship and enable members’ quick access to small and affordable loans to implement their ideas. Certainly we invite external partners to secure sustained funding, resources and other services to complete the IPaCoPA Cycle.

    Impactos positivos

    • 71 conservation Groups and 25 Clubs formed with 2,227 members including 3 groups of reformed poachers championing conservation and climate justice.
    • 2,227 members trained on basic wildlife use rights and conservation challenges with 65% able to describe the characteristics of the parks and promote general awareness creation.
    • 2,227 people educated on sustainable management practices, renewable energy and their benefits, with 75% applying them.
    • 2,227 members trained on how to write a formal letter to the local authority and at least 70% can ably report on the status of the park through writing.   
    • Integration of the Village Savings and Loan Scheme with 995 people in 71 conservation Groups benefiting, enhanced with linkages to local financial institutions.
    • A total of 230,000 indigenous trees Planted.
    • Human-Wildlife Conflict reduced with introduction of Commercial farming of Chilli, with 500 households involved. 
    • Introduced Debates on relevant Environment and Climate Change topics in Schools where 1,023 youth students have participated.   
    • Promotion of Eco-tourism and Agro tourism enhanced with on-farm biodiversity conservation.
    • Organised and Implemented 5 Local Community Nature Walks.
    • Music, Dance and Drama competitions organised, where 11 groups and 5 Clubs excelled, awarded and recognised for exhibiting creative art relevant to nature conservation.

    Historia

    Tree Uganda Academy

    You’ve likely heard about the growing list of wildlife species that are vulnerable, threatened, or critically endangered in Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP). Some species have even been defined as critically endangered in the past few decades, often due to overhunting, habitat loss, wild fires and Human-Wildlife conflicts.

     

    But while it’s true that we’re losing biodiversity, among wildlife the Tree Climbing Lions, their prey and Habitats faster than we can categorize them, there’s a parallel story unfolding among the plant and animal diversity in the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, with increasing innovation by Tree Uganda Academy to engage local communities in the protection and restoration of important grassland and open woodland habitat that the Tree Climbing Lions and other animal species rely upon.

     

    More than two decades ago, 90% of locals who entered the park entered with the intention of either poaching or encroaching on the resource. Conversely, the spark of the IPaCoPA solution in 2016 has seen us take huge strides to reverse the phenomena with increased numbers of informed conservationists including three (3) groups of reformed poachers empowered with alternative source of income through Commercial farming of Chilli, Ecotourism and the introduction of the Village savings and Loan Scheme.

     

    Our approach has acknowledged local communities and actually made them central to conservation, where today  2,227 people are directly engaged in conservation activities and in the collective management of the park. Rather than protecting people from nature, we  look for practical solutions that allow humans and other species to thrive together.

     

    Through the IPaCoPA innovation, more than 2,227 have been empowered and over 230,000 trees planted (including Fig Trees in Queen Elizabeth National Park) and we are working on a common goal to ensure the Climbing Lions of Ishasha Sector and other threatened species are moved from the critically endangered species list to the threatened list by 2025. 

    Contribuido por

    Mushana Ivan

    Contribuído por

    Girl Power Foundation Uganda (GPFU)