Uganda Strategic Investment Framework for Sustainable Land Management 2010 - 2020. | Land Portal

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The overall goal of the Uganda Strategic Investment Framework for Sustainable Land Management 2010 - 2020 (U-SIF SLM) is to ensure that key sectors are cooperating to improve natural resources based livelihoods and other ecosystem services. The U-SLM SIF focuses on: 1) Supporting on-the-ground activities for scaling up SLM; 2) Strengthening the enabling institutional and policy environment for SLM; 3) Strengthening commercial and advisory services for SLM and alternative livelihood options; and 4) Supporting SLM research and dissemination of best-bet technologies to improve the needed technological capacity in an integrated and participatory approach. Targets include: Development of Land Suitability maps and Land Use Plans; Updating the soils information/mapping; Development and implementation of watershed management plans; Rehabilitation of degraded agricultural landscapes; Increase tree cover on agricultural landscape through promotion of agro-forestry and afforestation; Strengthen train co-operatives and marketing groups in the development of SLM friendly value chains; Support development of local community alternative livelihood initiatives; Support communities to acquire charcoal making kilns.The U-SIF SLM is a multi-sectoral national initiative aiming at providing an integrated cross-sector approach to investing in solutions to crosscutting SLM challenges. It also aims at scaling up and mainstreaming SLM into the center of the national development agendas. The objectives will lead to impacts from discrete investments in multiple sectors and locations that will: raise crop and range productivity; reduce deforestation; secure ecosystem services such as water filtering, biodiversity, and carbon storage; and improve rural livelihoods. The SIF identifies the key SLM challenges which undermine growth and productivity in the five key sectors that have a direct bearing and impact on land. In particular it points out land degradation hot spots where remedial SLM efforts need to be concentrated for investments to deliver significant impactThe Uganda SIF SLM has five thematic areas under which discrete activities are grouped. These activities are/ will be funded from various sources and implemented by various actors. The five themes are: 1) Supporting on-theground activities for scaling up SLM; 2) Strengthening the enabling institutional and policy environment for SLM; 3) Strengthening commercial and advisory services and alternative livelihood options; 4) Supporting SLM research and dissemination of best-bet technologies; 5) Improving and strengthening SLM knowledge management, M&E and information dissemination. The 10 year U-SIF SLM interventions/operations will be split into two phases: Phase I covering the first 6 years (2010-2015) and Phase II covering 2016-2020. The phasing approach will enable mid-term assessment and bringing on board emerging issues.One of the expected outcomes of national U-SIF SLM is the establishment of national and local partnerships that operate across sectors and leading to the adoption and institutionalization of SLM approach. The delivery mechanism for SLM implementation is expected to facilitate the realization of local and global linkages by targeting mostly small scale farming activities such as CA, soil and water conservation, agro-forestry and agro-biodiversity conservation. Commitment to the U-SIF SLM of Uganda Government’s main development objective is achieve National poverty eradication. Therefore, the value of addressing land degradation to Uganda can be measured in accordance with its relevancy and contribution to this broad objective. The thrusts of the U-SLM SIF are: Enhancing productivity by supporting yield increases. Improving land quality and sustainability (soil health; water availability; vegetation cover, soil carbon targets, ecosystem services). Improving household welfare (livelihoods, food security, incomes; diversification). Building sectoral collaboration and synergies in Reducing risk exposure (from climate variability and change). Mainstreaming SLM principles and practices into sector DSIPs (Development Strategy and Investment Plans) and inputs in the NDP (National Development Plan).The development objective is to strengthen sector cooperation in order to halt, reverse and prevent land degradation/desertification and mitigate the effects of climate change and variability.

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