The wellbeing status of the communities in Mubende and Rakai district is attributed to low levels of education which restrict their livelihood options. The situation lures them encroach on the environment for survival. Overcoming the environmental challenges in the Lake Victoria Basin requires concerted efforts to enhance livelihoods of communities within the region. Implementation of LVEMP II through Community Driven Development Subproject (CDD) projects is timely but should preferably be actualized in collaboration with other stakeholders for better results to ensure sustainability.

The East African Sustainability Watch Network (c/o Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development) would like to share with you its LVEMPII Civil Society Watch E bulletin (March 2013). In this issue read about:

  • Why Lake Victoria fish catch is dwindling
  • Securing sustainable development in the Post 2015 development process: East African
  • SusWatch Network joins global civil society
  • Resources and upcoming events including Earth Day (April 22, 2013)

The monthly LVEMPII Civil Society Watch E bulletin (February 2013) is out! Ahead of the International Women's Day (2013), read about why the gender agenda is still a promise in East Africa; UNEP's Major groups and Stakeholders Forum highlights a way forward after the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development and many more below.

LVEMPII delay in funding CDD frustrates beneficiaries in Rakai and Masaka. Tracking the progress of the implementation of the community demand driven

The Kisumu Annual Urban Seminar organised by Umande Trust – SECODE Project took place at Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu. This year’s theme was ‘sustainable development in informal urban settlements’. The seminar sought to create dialogue platform for urban development locally, regionally and internationally, foster an enabling environment for experience sharing, transfer of skills and knowledge, and to show case innovative approaches to sustainable development.
This issues focuses on:

Ugandans are anxious about Government's Plan to achieve Prosperity for All (Bonnabagaggawale or BB for short) scheme. The scheme stresses the development of products that have market, especially high value and products that can be grown by a large number of people so that the benefits of BB are widespread as possible.

World Environment Day 2011: Charcoal production endangering E. African’s forests According to UNEP (2011), forest degradation and deforestation account for nearly 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Broadly, there are three main sources of forest degradation: commercial logging, fires, and gathering wood for fuel. Insects and pests also cause considerable forest degradation. For example, at the beginning of the 20th Century, Uganda’s tropical high forests covered 3,090,000 ha or 12% of the country’s area.

East African Civil Society Call for more Investment in Social Development The 5th Annual Civil Society Organizations’ Forum (EACSOF) on the EAC was held in Bujumbura, Burundi on 28th-29th March 2011 at Hotel Source Du Nil on the theme: ‘Promoting Good Governance for Sustainable Development in the EAC’.

East Africa’s food crisis: The answer is to promote smallholder farmers Famine was declared in two regions of Somalia in July 2011, where 3.7 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Another eight million people need food assistance in neighbouring countries including Kenya and Ethiopia. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls the situation a "catastrophic combination of conflict, high food prices and drought" and has appealed for immediate aid.


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