Gender-Responsive Economic Enhancement & Natural Ecosystems Resilience (GREENER) Project

Projektträger: JGI - Jane Goodall Institute Austria für Naturschutz, Umweltbildung und Erforschung wildlebender Tiere Land: Uganda Fördersumme: € 300.000,00 Beginn: 01.01.2024 Ende: 31.12.2026



The project aims to increase social and ecological resilience to climate vulnerability in the Albertine Rift region of Uganda, through incorporating climate mitigation and adaptation response strategies into local practices.

Erwartete Ergebnisse

1) Degraded sections of River Waki catchment are restored;

2) Target communities have adopted agroforestry as a livelihood diversification strategy to mitigate climate change-induced vulnerability;

3) Women's energy vulnerability in target communities is reduced through the promotion of sustainable/efficient options;

4) Women's vulnerability to climate-induced water stresses is reduced through alternative water options;

5) Target communities have enhanced capacity to implement livelihood options for specific value chains;

6) Communities have access to better market opportunities;

7) Community members and school children have improved awareness of and knowledge on climate change mitigation and adaptation practices.


Direct beneficiaries of the project are 2,150 households (9,900 community members) in 43 villages in the catchment area of the River Waki in the sub-districts of Budongo and Kabango in Masindi district and the sub-districts of Biiso and Kihungya in Buliisa district. In addition, the project will directly target 10 local government officials and one private company, Kinyara Sugar Works Ltd., which has a considerable proportion of the River Waki catchment forests on its estates.


Mobilize stakeholders and beneficiaries to channel reforestation activities; provide support to target communities to undertake reforestation of catchment buffer zones and community forests; support women’s groups seedling (trees and high-value crop) production at a central nursery per target parish; provide training to the target community on agroforestry techniques; facilitate distribution of agroforestry seedlings to target households; conduct initiation workshop to mobilize local government institutions and establish community-based organizations to channel energy saving technologies in target communities; train two representatives per project target village to become ‘Energy Extension Volunteers’; conduct participatory consultative meetings to assess the water needs of the community; identify priority sites for the establishment of new water sources; establish new Water Users Associations (WUAs) and supporting the construction of three boreholes; organize women’s and youth farmers' groups to facilitate bulking of produce and input; organize enterprise groups into Village Savings and Loans Associations; facilitate market agreements between producers and identified markets; mobilize and support environmental clubs in target schools; dissemination of awareness materials on climate change in schools; train Gender Focal Points; etc.


The project area is located in the Albertine Rift, one of the most biodiverse regions in Africa. The Waki River, with its multi-layered riparian and wetland forests, is an important refuge for countless (also endemic) species along the eastern shore of Lake Albert.

In addition to these protected areas of global importance, subsistence and, for some years now, commercial agriculture (primarily sugar cane) is practised in the region. The recent discovery of oil threatens the habitat and increases the pressure on natural resources due to the influx of job seekers. Population growth has led to an increased demand for firewood, water and arable land. Climate change in the catchment area has further exacerbated problems by adversely affecting biodiversity and water resources. The protection of the catchment area is therefore a priority to reconcile development and conservation priorities at local, national, and global levels.

Core to JGI‘s hypothesis is that biodiversity conservation and healthy ecosystems contribute positively to reducing socio-economic vulnerability to shocks for people living in biodiversity-rich areas, and that improved resilience for people can in turn incentivize and enable them to engage in biodiversity conservation and sustainable natural resource management. This requires a gender-specific approach and the creation of sustainable options for dealing with the climate crisis in order to strengthen the resilience of people and ecosystems.

ADC co-financing rate: 50% of total project cost.

Projektnummer 2319-01/2024
Mittelherkunft OEZA
Sektor Umweltschutz allgemein
Modalität Project-type interventions
Marker Umwelt: 2, Klimawandel Minderung: 1, Klimawandel Anpassung: 2, Biodiversität: 2, Geschlecht: 1, Demokratie: 1, Armut: 1
  • Marker: kennzeichnet und bewertet die entwicklungspolitische Zielsetzung eines Projektes auf Gendergleichstellung, Reproduktive Gesundheit, Umweltschutz, Demokratieförderung, Armutsorientierung, Entwicklung des Handels sowie auf die Erfüllung der Klima- Biodiversitäts- und Wüstenkonventionen.
    • 1= das entwicklungspolitische Ziel ist in das Projekt integriert
    • 2= das entwicklungspolitsche Ziel ist der spezifische Inhalt des Projekts
  • Mittelherkunft: Die ADA setzt in Projekten und Programmen Mittel der Österreichischen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (OEZA) sowie anderer Finanzierungsquellen um.
    • AKF - Auslandskatastrophenfonds der Österreichischen Bundesregierung
    • BMLFUW - Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft
    • EU - Mittel der Europäischen Kommission
    • Andere Geber - Diverse Finanzquellen, die dem jährlichen Geschäftsbericht der ADA im Detail zu entnehmen sind.
  • Modalität: definiert die Art der Hilfe (z.B: Sektorbudgethilfe, Kernbeiträge an multilaterale Institutionen, Projekthilfe, Technische Assistenz (personelle Hilfe), Bildungsarbeit im Inland, etc.)
  • Sektor: bezeichnet den wirtschaftlichen oder sozialen Sektor des Partnerlandes, welcher mit dem Projekt/Programm unterstützt wird.
  • Tied/Untied: Ungebundene (untied) Hilfe ermöglicht dem Projektpartner im Entwicklungsland - unter Befolgung der lokalen Beschaffungsregeln - freie Entscheidung über die Herkunftsländer im Zuge der Beschaffung von Dienstleistungen und Waren. Gebundene (tied) Hilfe verknüpft die Hilfsleistung auf die Beschaffung aus dem Geberland oder aus einem eingeschränkten Kreis von Ländern.