Kigezi Women in Development (KWID) is an implementing partner with the EURECCCA project under the Ministry of Water and Environment in the Maziba in Victoria Water Management Zone. It is under this partnership that EURECCCA invited KWID to a learning visit at the Aswa in Upper Nile Water Management Zone and was represented by the Executive Director Ms. Florence Tumuheirwe. This visit lasted for 2 days i.e., Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th December 2021
The Ministry of Water and Environment is implementing “Enhancing Resilience of Communities to Climate Change through Catchment Based Integrated Management of Water and Related Resources in Uganda (EURECCCA)” project in 3 catchment areas i.e., Aswa catchment, Awoja catchment and Maziba catchment.
Aswa catchment, the visited catchment, is in northern Uganda comprising of 8 sub catchments. These include Pader Matidi, Agago, Aswa 1, Aswa 2, Pager Kitgum, Pager Aringa, Nyimur and Aswa 3.
They visited several sub catchment areas and studied about the methods used that can be transferred to Maziba catchment. Ms. Florence and her team visited OtemaMicheal woodlot in Adilang sub-county, Agago district under the Agago sub catchment which has about 700 pine trees planted. This project targets to increase resilience and a sustained ecosystem, control floods and diversify livelihood strategies through afforestation.
They also visited the flood control sites at Latinlingi in Geregere subcounty, another sub catchment. These sites are spread in 2 villages, Nam and Nam central, where flooding had since removed significant amounts of reproductive topsoil and encouraged water logging in the area. Several interventions classified into 2 i.e., physical and biological, have been implemented to cub these problems. Raised ridges, water drainage channels, water harvesting ponds and dams have been constructed under the physical while elephant and coach grass, mulching and inter cropping have been implemented under the biological.
A demonstration centre for supporting income generating activities at Ngetta Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (ZARDI) in Lira district was also visited. It demonstrates alternative income generating activities such as fish farming, bee keeping(apiary), mushroom growing, bamboo value addition, shea butter value addition and soap making. The centre enhances the capacity of stakeholders to invest in these activities thus reducing pressure on natural resources as means of survival. It also has a conference hall to facilitate learning and experience sharing.
This learning visit was of great benefit to the ED and all KWID members because of the great lessons learnt that can be transferred, not just in the Maziba catchment but also in our homes. KWID learnt basic knowledge on how to make mushroom seedlings which KWID members are already farming but don’t know to make the seedling. This would be of great value to them since it empowers them.
The visit to the flood sites was very eye opening to several solutions that can be applied in Kamwezi, KWID’S home, to control floods and running water in rainy seasons.
We appreciate EURECCA under the Ministry of Water and Environment for this great opportunity that was both a learning and exposure experience that was eye opening and result oriented.