Conference Invitation and Thematic Scope
Uganda Landcare Network (ULN) – A national landcare platform for land care stewardship in partnership with local, continental and global Landcare platforms is launching a Biennial National Landcare Conference and Awards (NLCA) in Uganda in November 2019. This unique event is positioned to bring together landcare platforms, champion farmers / land users, academia and other stakeholders from grassroots organisations, local and international NGOs, and researchers, to multilateral organisations and government agencies from around the world to advance understanding of the ‘landcare approach’ and its linkages to food security, environment conservation and landscape restoration. Convening the NLCA creates opportunities for participants to learn from each other and contribute towards scaling sustainable land management (SLM) practices across landscapes The conference programme is strategically structured to provide opportunities for participants to share experiences, successes, and strategies while building synergies for new emerging perspectives on SLM. Further, the conference is an opportunity for the national Landcare fraternity in Uganda to adopt a declaration with common commitments to pro landcare actions during the ULN General Assembly.
The NLCA has its thematic focus on building resilient landscapes and livelihoods through a Landcare approach that encompass :(i) Community based (for decisions and actions)through local level groups as local groups; (ii) Improving natural resource management (NRM) for production and conservation; (iii) Partnerships for information sharing, funding and other opportunities; (iv) Individual groups autonomous in their management. Resilient landscapes and livelihoods provide a foundation for healthy environment and people – ensuring food security, climate adaptation and mitigation and resilience for coping with natural disasters. As such, the conference theme provides key elements for contributing to achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development particularly for SDG 15 on sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems and SDG target 15.3 on Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN). At country level, the conference pivots directly into Uganda’s national development agenda, the Vision 2040 and the National Development Plan (NDP 2) which recognizes investment in SLM as one of the key focus areas that can facilitate the country’s transformation.