Improving Watershed Management in Kenya and Uganda

Improving Watershed Management in Kenya and Uganda

New Course and The Green Belt Movement are partnering to unlock women’s potential in natural resource management and in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies across 3 East African priority watersheds. The project will provide training to rural women, community-based organizations and nongovernmental organizations by building skills that improve women’s participation in and influence on environmental governance, build climate resilience, improve natural resource management, help establish cultures of peace, and improve community energy access.

Participants will have increased awareness and skills in forest rehabilitation and the protection of water sources as well as access to, and economic opportunities associated with, markets for some of the most appropriate small-scale clean energy technologies like solar lighting and clean cook stoves.

As a part of our partnership with wPOWER and to ensure long-term sustainability, the training program will be incorporated into the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies (WMI) where it will be anchored within the short course certificate program open to non-degree seeking candidates.

Specific Objectives:
Train and support approximately 300-400 women community leaders and trainers over three years who will then strengthen community based organizations with membership of more than 20,000, and who will impact the lives of over 200,000 people and improve natural resource management across the three priority watersheds.

Build the foundation for a permanent program designed to strengthen the capacity of rural women to manage natural resources within the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies.

Geographic Scope:
3 high biodiversity landscapes/watersheds in the Great Lakes Region:
Mount Elgon – Uganda (Upper Nile watershed)
Mau Complex & parts of Western Aberdares – Kenya (Lake Victoria watersheds
Turkana /Omo – Kenya (Cherangani water tower)

Local Partners:
Green Belt Movement
Project Funder:
The MacArthur Foundation

At-Risk Species and Habitats

Preserving endangered species and their habitats is not as simple as merely establishing protected areas.  Often these areas are also home to rural p


Watersheds are invaluable for local communities as well as for the downstream human and wildlife populations whose habitats, villages and cities rely


Forests provide vital resources and supplement the livelihoods of over a billion people living in extreme poverty throughout the world, the majority o


Hundreds of millions of people rely on small-scale fisheries for survival, nearly half of which are women.  These fisheries are often the cornerstone

Climate Change

Predictions for our changing climate paint an alarming picture—rising sea levels, changing weather patterns, and increased incidences of natural dis

Food, Water & Energy Security

From fish and medicinal herbs to potable water and firewood, the overwhelming majority of the world’s poor rely on their environments to provide foo