Uganda is a landlocked country located at the point of convergence of seven of Africa’s biogeographic regions, making it a crucial biodiversity hotspot.

With rapid population growth, Uganda is undergoing rapid urbanization with an increase of urban areas of 27% to 78% between 1989 and 2010. Land conversion for dense housing areas has proliferated in marginal land, particularly near wetlands. The loss of soil and vegetation coverage caused by land conversion has resulted in severe erosion and sedimentation, clogging urban drainage channels and degrading natural drainage systems.

As an early supporter of global ambition on the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), Uganda has endorsed the Leaders Pledge for Nature.

The country is committed to the National Vision 2040 in the National Development Plan (NDPIII) to restore forest and wetland cover to the levels of 1990.

However, there is a need for more comprehensive environmental data on the status of urban vegetation, wildlife, land, soil, or air quality in the cities.

In line with the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) and the GBF, in partnership with the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) our project will provide technical support in spatial planning for sustainable urban development and in ecosystem restoration orientated towards supporting communities’ livelihoods in Entebbe.

The activities will include technical workshops designed to make the case for green city development, nature-positive spatial planning, and ecosystem restoration through the development of best practices. It aims at identifying and prioritizing important biodiversity assets to balance their preservation and sustainable development.

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