Restoration of Wetlands and Associated Catchments in Eastern Uganda

Contract partner: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme - UgandaCountry: Uganda Funding amount: € 1.919.000,00Project start: 01.02.2021End: 31.12.2023

Short Description:

Overall goal

Support the Government of Uganda to restore wetlands and associated catchments by promoting catchment based integrated, equitable and sustainable management of water and related resources.

Expected results

Enhanced resilience of communities and wetland and associated catchment ecosystems in selected districts of river Mpologoma catchment with three key outputs.

Output 1. Degraded wetlands, and associated catchments restored and or rehabilitated and intact wetlands protected.

Output 2. Improved agricultural practices and alternative livelihood options in the wetland and associated catchment areas promoted.

Output 3: Improved knowledge management and communication.


Target group / Beneficiaries

The project will directly benefit 264,000 persons from 66,000 households and indirectly benefit an estimated 1.1 million people in the target districts of Butaleja, Budaka, Kibuku, Namutumba and Kaliro, Uganda. UNDP as the implementing partner will work with responsible ministries, departments and agencies, district and urban local governments and non-state actors.



Activities will consist of

• Restoration of degraded wetlands, associated catchments and rehabilitation of intact wetlands

• Promotion of improved agricultural practices and alternative livelihood options in the wetland and associated catchment areas

• Identification, mapping and profiling of priority sites for restoration of the wetlands and micro catchments in the selected districts

• Development of catchment management plans for the selected wetlands

• Rehabilitation of 5 small- scale water storage and retention facilities in critical waterways for communities to benefit from enhanced ecosystem functioning

• Environmental and social impact assessments for relevant project activities

• Development of abstraction and distribution of water for development of capture fisheries, aquaculture and micro irrigation

• Promotion of resilient agricultural best practices

• Development of alternative livelihoods options through promoting gender responsive on and off-farm business enterprises

• Knowledge and information management



The project will leverage on the capabilities of the UNDP Accelerator Lab and the Global Pulse Lab in Kampala to deploy cutting edge innovations in tackling wetland and catchment degradation challenges.

Implementation of the project will build and leverage partnerships with ongoing initiatives such as the UNDP/GCF project on restoration of wetlands, UNDP/COMESA climate smart agriculture, UNDP-GEF-Integrated Landscape Management for improved livelihoods and ecosystem resilience in Mt. Elgon.


project number2853-00/2020
source of fundingOEZA
sector Wasserversorgung und sanitäre Einrichtungen
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Environment: 2, Climate change mitigation: 1, Climate change adaptation: 2, Biodiversity: 2, Gender: 1, Poverty: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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