Human survival, security and well-being are underpinned by the state of the environment and the health of its ecosystems. Poor environmental quality affects economic growth and well-being by diminishing resources and impacting health. Uganda has a multitude of environmental challenges and opportunities. The agriculture sector employs over 66% of the population, 80% women and 63% youth (The state of the National Environment 2018-2019). However important it may be, this sector has contributed to changes in vegetation and land degradation through poor land management practices, which convert natural vegetation, such as forests and wetlands, into agricultural fields without long-term planning. Urbanization and infrastructure development have also significantly impacted natural resources and the environment.
Although developed countries contribute disproportionately to global pollution, environmental issues have a particular urgency in the developing world because many communities depend upon natural resources directly for their livelihoods. In rural areas, the continued productivity of farmland requires sound environmental stewardship. In urban areas, environmental quality is crucial for public health and sanitation. Unfortunately, in the global south environmental issues are often neglected by public agencies and private businesses. Education and organization can boost awareness and stimulate action to foster sustainable environmental practices. You can be part of the solution and change by working with local organizations and communities to promote sound environmental management practices.
Reason to participate in Environment Sustainability projects
By participating in Environmental Sustainability projects, you will first learn about the environmental challenges facing Ugandan communities. You will then participate with your host community as custodians of your surroundings by working with local groups to create awareness, increase knowledge and promote the utilization of environmentally friendly social and economic practices using sustainable development approaches as your guide. Finally, you will increase the local communities’ capacity to manage environmental resources sustainably.
Community Based Projects in Environment Sustainability
Energy saving institutional cook stoves in selected schools in Jinja
Community access to clean water for 5 villages in Jinja District
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Your community transformation experience starts here. Using best practices in the environment field, you will work with local Ugandan communities striving to conserve their environment and increase sustainable social and economic activities, while making friends in the context of cultural immersion.