Women in Echuya Forest Adjacent Communities are usually resource constrained compared to their male counterparts and are also at the risk of malnutrition yet play an important role in family health and conservation of forest and natural resources. Communities around the Echuya forest reserve are among the poorest. They are faced with the problems of land shortage, soil erosion, poor soil fertility, and food insecurity. As a result, they face high poverty levels and hence over depend on the forest for firewood, medicine and always look to the forest as a means of earning their livelihood.
In a bid to address overdependence on Echuya forests and other endangered resources, KIWOCEDU, in partnership with Conservation International, through Birdlife International, is implementing a project around Echuya Central Forest Reserve, South Western Uganda, entitled ‘Capacity Building and Empowerment for Women around Echuya Central Forest Reserve for Sustainable Conservation and Livelihood Improvement’. The project’s goal is ‘Gender equality embraced in its fullest application to both sexes in sustainable conservation and development programing.
We strongly believe that women have a role to play in the protection of biodiversity ecosystems and to nature environmentally conscience and friendly off springs. The project aims at grooming men, women and children into champions of environment protection.
KIWOCEDU is supporting communities with special focus on women to engage in economically viable enterprises and conservation related activities that will contribute to livelihood improvement while at the same time ensuring long term conservation of natural forest resources in South Western Uganda.