Uganda, through the Ministry of Water and Environment, is developing a national strategy for addressing deforestation and forest degradation in Uganda (The National REDD Strategy). REDD+ which stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation is a global incentive mechanism for financial flows to reward countries for improved management of its forest resources, and could thus ultimately contribute to the country’s sustainable development. The REDD+ mechanism has potential to ignite conflicts or grievances relating to several aspects of REDD+ at different scales and levels including the field, institutional and policy levels. In this regard, Uganda aims to put in place an effective and efficient feedback and grievance redress mechanism to help manage and resolve conflicts should they arise. These systems will be put in place both at national and local level to enable easy accessibility and usage of these structures.
The Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Water and Environment contracted Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) to carry out a detailed analysis on and to develop a feedback and grievances redress mechanism for use by REDD+ stakeholders in Uganda. ACODE undertook field work and collected data at National level and in selected District Local Governments i.e. Gulu, Kyankwanzi, Mbale and Mbarara districts between March and May, 2016, and compiled a draft report of the feedback and grievance redress mechanism for Uganda’s national REDD+ Programme. It is against this background that ACODE organized a stakeholder validation workshops on 17th March, 2017 at Hotel Africana. Four stakeholder validation workshops will be organized in the Eastern, Northern, Central and Western regions of Uganda and a national stakeholder validation workshop will also be organized after the regional stakeholder validation workshops.
The main objective of the validation workshops was to provide an opportunity to key stakeholders to review and give input into the draft report of the feedback and grievance redress mechanism for Uganda’s national REDD+ Programme. Specifically, the stakeholder validation workshops aim to achieve the following objectives:
- To share findings on the feedback and grievances redress mechanism with key stakeholders.
- To provide an opportunity for key stakeholders to corroborate the findings in the draft report of the feedback and grievances redress mechanism.
- To build the capacity of key stakeholders in conflict management and resolution of potential REDD+ disputes.