Governance Arrangements

Coordination mechanisms for safeguards

National level: The implementation and coordination of ESMF and other safeguards tools will follow the national arrangements for implementing the REDD+ Strategy Options. This is intended to entrench safeguards responsibility in institutions taking lead in implementing each of Strategic policy options. However, the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) is the lead institution for the over-all implementation and coordination of safeguards.

MWE will function through the DESS, Forestry Sector Support Department (FSSD), the National Forest Authority (NFA), the Directorate of Water Development (DWD) and the Directorate of Water Resources Management (DWRM). DESS will provide technical and coordination responsibility on behalf of the MWE.

MWE will collaborate with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA; forests in wildlife conservation areas, wildfires), the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF; Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) and livestock rearing), the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD; sustainable fuel wood utilization, Energy Efficiency technologies), Districts (Local Forest Reserves, forest outside protected areas, CSA, sustainable fuel wood and (commercial) charcoal use, energy efficient cooking stoves, integrated wildfire management). The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) through department responsible for Disaster Preparedness will supervise the involvement of refugees. The Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development (MoGLSD) will supervise actions that support ethnic minority and marginalized people.

District Level: The primary responsibility for compliance with ESMF will rest with the District Environment Officer (DEO), the Community Development Officer (CDO) and the designated Environmental Focal Person at the Sub County who will be responsible to oversee proper execution and implementation of ESMF safeguards in all sub projects.

Community level: community members will be responsible for identifying the environmental, social issues and local practices that may be adopted to mitigate them. Communities will also play a role in implementing some mitigation measures such as planting trees and grass during sub project implementation.

Technical Support: The service of the consultants may also be utilized to undertake the annual sample environmental audit of all the financed subprojects

Information management and systems

The ESMF proposes annually updated statistical data and information on how each of the REDD+ strategic options are being implemented in each region and district of Uganda and feed this information into the exiting information systems. This information will be especially important for carbon trading purposes, but even without carbon trading it will be crucial for the national REDD+ programme operations. The reporting shall involve stakeholders including relevant government agencies, formal and informal forest users, private sector entities, civil societies, indigenous people and other forest-dependent communities.