UGANDA SECURES WORLD BANK GRANT FOR FOREST INVESTMENT PLAN

KAMPALA, March 21 (NNN-NEW VISION) -- The Forestry Sector Support Department (FSSD) of the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment has received a grant worth 250,000 US dollars to help it develop a forest investment plan.

The Assistant Commissioner for Forestry, Margaret Athieno Mwebesa, told the National Forestry Consultative Forum here that Uganda was requested by the World Bank under the Climate Investment Fund project to prepare an expression of interest to participate in the investment forest plan.

Under the plan, Uganda was required to outline actions to reduce emissions and deforestation and ensure promotion and sustainability of forestry resources. The process of preparing the investment forest plan by different stakeholders has started and the action plan is to be submitted by November this year.

Noting that Uganda is one of the best six countries considered for the grant, she added that although the sector has not yet received the money physically, it will do so soon.

The meeting, which was organized under the theme "Celebrating achievements, enhancing accountability and planning for the future", was organized by the Ministry of Water and Environment in partnership with Care, Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), Panos Eastern Africa and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

It was attended by different stakeholders including; government agencies, local governments, religious and cultural institutions, development partners, civil society organizations, academia and the media. -

Source: NEW VISION

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