Building Resilient Communities, Wetland Ecosystems and Associated Catchments in Uganda

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From August 23, 2017 to March 30, 2026

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 1.5 Build resilience of poor to climate, shocks
  2. 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards
  3. 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management

Project ID: 5711

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Technical team

  • Climate Change Adaptation Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Cross-sectoral climate resilient livelihoods
  • Climate information and early warning systems (CI & EWS)


  • Wetlands
  • Grasslands


  • General

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Innovative approaches
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Capacity building
  • Monitor inventory
  • Mitigation adaptation


  • Technical capacity building
  • Sustainable land management
  • Knowledge/Data management
  • Flood prevention/Early Warning

Social inclusion

  • Women

Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale



  • Systems pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 1.5 Build resilience of poor to climate, shocks
  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards
  • 13.b Build capacity for climate change planning, management

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs

Hot topic

  • Nature-based solution
  • Poverty reduction
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

Project description

The impact of climate change, coupled with other human and environmental stressors, is increasing degradation of wetlands and their associated ecosystem services in Uganda. This is negatively affecting the livelihoods of approximately 4 million people living in and around wetland areas. In fact, over 80% of the people living adjacent to wetland areas in Uganda directly use wetland resources for their household food security needs. Given that wetlands are highly vulnerable to changes in the quantity and quality of their water supply, climate change will most likely substantially alter ecologically important attributes of wetlands and will exacerbate the impacts from human activity. The loss of wetlands could exacerbate the impact of climate change as they provide fundamental services that contribute to mitigation of such impacts. This project seeks to support the Government of Uganda to take climate change issues into account when managing critical wetland areas. Project activities have been developed to specifically respond to and take into account specific climate-related impacts and vulnerabilities of wetland ecosystems. The barriers that prevent Uganda from sustaining resilient wetland ecosystems and associated livelihoods include: 1) limited technical knowledge on the agro-ecological and hydrological systems of the wetlands; 2) insufficient extension services for resilient agriculture and livelihoods, and 3) inadequate climate information and early warning systems. This project will restore wetlands and their eco-system services, based on wise-use principles and guidelines as outlined by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, with sustainable land management practices and reforestation, will support resilient agricultural practices and alternative livelihoods for communities living in these areas to reduce the pressures on the wetlands, and finally will strengthen the climate information and early warning systems to support these communities to make climate-resilient decisions. The project will target two regions – South Western Uganda and Eastern Uganda with a total population of 3,946,366 people and land area of 13,000 Km2. At least 680,000 people in and around the wetlands will directly benefit from this investment. This initiative will improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in Uganda, dependent on subsistence agriculture and wetlands for their livelihoods. Improved sustainable management of the wetlands, increased skills for employability and entrepreneurship capacities to start new businesses, and accurate and reliable climate information will have a transformational impact on people's lives in the targeted areas. Available public financing is limiting Uganda's ability to implement adaptation measures to restore critical ecosystem services for resilient livelihoods in the country. Consequently, the Government of Uganda, as a Low-Income Economy, and a Least Developed Country, seeks maximum concessionality from the GCF (100% grant resources) to undertake the proposed adaptation investments. The cost-benefit analysis for the project has shown positive returns on the investments. The project is aligned with Government strategies such as the National Adaptation Programme of Action, the National Climate Change Policy. Thorough consultations with a wide array of stakeholders have defined the design of this project and the NDA has issued a letter of no objection.

USD $24,140,160

Grant amount

USD $20,122,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Green Climate Fund Common ($24,140,160)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Ministry of Water and Environment

Project metrics

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