WENR is a leading research institute for our green living environment. It offers practical, innovative and interdisciplinary scientific research across many disciplines related to the sustainable use of our living environment. WENR focuses on strategic and applied research to meet the environmental challenges of today and tomorrow, worldwide and especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the Dutch financed project PAPAB in Burundi, WENR has developed the PIP approach, which will be applied in this project. Aad Kessler, senior scientist at WENR, is the founder of the PIP approach and therefore the lead scientist in this project.
A2N is a grass-roots development NGO with focus on promoting sustainable development by linking environmental conservation with living standards and a better quality of life for smallholder and medium farmers. A2N-Uganda was initially a project in 1990 under the UNDP, but in January 2002 transformed into a NGO, under the lead of Christopher Kyeswa. It operates nationwide in Uganda, including the Mount Elgon region, where it has a Regional Manager in charge of program implementation together with Field Extension Workers (FEWs). A2N-Uganda is a partner organization of RBU2000+ in Burundi, which is in charge of applying the PIP approach there.
TAU is a youth-centric NGO powered by the vision of creating communities where people and nature flourish. TAU empowers young people in Uganda’s rural communities through education and training on landscape restoration activities (planting trees and agroforestry) and setting up and managing indigenous tree nurseries. TAU, led by its founder Charles Batte, brings tree planting to the very heart of Ugandan families, focusing on inspiring a nature-inclined transformation and change of heart in each member of a household. In this project TAU will take the lead in environmental education activities, especially reforestation campaigns with schools.
KYU is a young public University in Uganda specializing in integrated watershed management which received support from Wageningen University in curriculum development and knowledge enhancement in the field of environmental science and management. Fiona Mutekanga, a soil and environmental technology lecturer in the Faculty of Science, conducted her PhD research on policy development for integrated watershed management on the northern slope of Mount Elgon, an area with similar conditions and challenges to the Manafwa watershed. She brings in her experience on participatory decision making for integrated watershed management, connecting stakeholders at all institutional levels, from the community to the authorities at national level .
MUK is the leading University in Uganda. Frank Mugagga is a Senior lecturer in the department of Geography, Geo-informatics and Climate Sciences and has a thorough understanding of the Mount Elgon area, particularly on issues of land use, natural resources management, rural development, climate change and disaster risk management. He has conducted numerous Participatory Action Oriented trainings and learning strategies aimed at increasing awareness about Community Based Adaptation to climate change, strengthening collaboration between stakeholder organizations for enhancement of adaptive capacities and research potentials, as well as the development of Participatory M&E Plans for Natural resource dependent communities.