Agoro-Agu Landscape, Uganda
The Achwa River Range of Northern Uganda includes 17 Central Forest Reserves, seven of which are categorized as critical sites for biodiversity conservation. It includes the Agoro Agu Forest, a transboundary protected area with South Sudan which gives the landscape its name. Despite the recognized link between these reserves, community managed forests, forest buffer zones, and the surrounding agricultural lands, current plans are carried out in isolation. Local communities are highly dependent on the landscape, as 91% of local livelihood strategies come from land and forest resources. This underscores the need for sustainably managed forest lands and inclusive land use decisions. Through a Land Use Dialogue process, local stakeholders together built a landscape vision to be incorporated into national and community-based natural resource management.
The outcomes of the Uganda Land-Use Dialogue in Agoro-Agu will feed into:
- Implementation of the National Forest Management Plan;
- Support for Community Forest Associations;
- Formation and support of landscape level Multi Stakeholder Platform.
Core partners of the LUD process include IUCN, Agor International Vocational Institute, the Ugandan National Forest Authority, Ugandan Forest Working Group, and the Uganda Wildlife Authority.