THE SWITCH AFRICA GREEN PROJECT
The overall objective of SWITCH Africa Green is to support 6 countries in Africa to achieve sustainable development by engaging in transition towards an inclusive green economy, based on sustainable consumption and production patterns, while generating growth, creating decent jobs and reducing poverty. The objective will be achieved through support to private sector led inclusive green growth.
The specific objective is to support the development of green businesses and eco-entrepreneurship and use of SCP practices by having in place (i) MSMEs and business service providers that are better equipped to seize opportunities for green business development, ii) better informed public and private consumers, and (iii) enabling conditions in form of clear policies, sound regulatory frameworks, incentives structures, tax, other fiscal and market-based instruments influencing key sector(s) in the 6 African countries.
SWITCH AFRICA GREEN :UGANDA
The overall objective of the project is to support Uganda to achieve sustainable tourism development by engaging in the transition towards an inclusive green industry based on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns, while generating growth, reducing poverty and creating decent jobs for communities, and minimising the impact of the tourism sector on the environment. This objective will be achieved primarily through developing and supporting private sector-led green and inclusive business models.
Focus of the Project
The projct focuses on the Albertine Nile tourism area in Northern Uganda as a pilot for implementation of the project with the prospect of scaling up to other tourism areas in the country should additional resources be made available. However the marketing and communications component of the project will be targeted towards the whole sector, nationwide.
The Albertine Nile Region is found in the West Nile region in Northern Uganda within Nwoya and Nebbi districts. The region borders Lake Albert and the Murchison National Park to the south while the Albert Nile runs through the region and acts as a natural boundary of the two districts which have a combined population of 400,200 people.
Owing to its proximity to tourist attractions, the Albertine Nile region is home to several tourist hotels and lodges within the park and along the river’s banks. Just outside the park is the newly founded Albertine Riverine Lodges Association that comprises tourist lodges spread across a 2 km belt on the western banks of the Albert Nile River. The main objective of this Association is to promote and uphold eco-tourism principles in their businesses. Currently four lodges are operational, two are under construction and there are plans to build three more lodges in the course of 2015.The four operational lodges host between 200 and 400 tourists during the peak season between May and February.
The target Group and final beneficiaries
The target group and final beneficiaries will be the local community of the Albertine region who as a combination include local MSME’s, tourism destinations and the local population.
The Farming Dimension
According to the Nebbi district 5-year development plan (2010/11-14/15), over 85% of the district population of
Nebbi is engaged in subsistence farming. Much of what is produced is consumed at the household level with less than 40% being marketed. These statistics could be extrapolated to represent the entire Albertine Nile region. A more accurate survey by SNV drills down the numbers with differing estimates but with the same conclusions i.e With agriculture being the main source of livelihood in the region there is an untapped potential of extending the “farming as a business” business and forging linkages with other economic sub-sectors in the region – and for this project the tourism and environment management sub-sectors. Improvements to be realized for the benefit of the target communities are:
Inclusive Businesses and SCP Models
i. Enhanced local value chain development linking the local agriculture, tourism and environment management sectors
ii. Reduced environmental impact of the tourist destination’s operations through increased economic engagement with local communities and reduced engagement with long distance values chains
iii. Strengthened local value chains which grow resilient, and improve the capabilities of the local community to produce to new and higher standards of quality and service
iv. Increased economic opportunities for the local communities and shaping desirable changes in farming, environmental management and tourism management systems towards more commercially oriented practices.
v. Increased local employment and self employment opportunities with the local tourism , agriculture and environmental management sectors
vi. Increased awareness of Inclusive green business models in the tourism industry at the national level
vii. Increased advocacy and mainstreaming of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) patterns, policies and frameworks.
viii. Increased advocacy and main streaming of green solutions in government policies and frameworks.
i. Increased awareness in tourism industry on what green solutions are and how they can benefit both the tourism industry and the community both environmentally and financially
ii. Local ownership of the implemented green solutions is created
iii. MSME’s realise the market potential in the in the production of green solution and make the effort in producing new green products or offering new green services
iv. Increased in offer and production of locally manufactured green solutions
v. Increased demand from the market of green solutions due to the increased awareness and appreciation of their benefits
vi. Reduction in negative effects on natural resources on which the action depends and on the broader natural environment
vii. Increased positive image of pilot lodges and pilot community
B-Space is the overall coordinator and implementer of this component under the Switch Africa Green Project in Uganda
For more information on the project, visit the Switch Africa Project here. For photos of the inception visit, click on the photo below.