Dear readers, welcome to the second issue of ENDOKWA News a bilingual (English and Kinyarwanda/Kirundi) newsletter produced by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS Network) in collaboration with its community partners in the Albertine Rift region through its Nature Based Community Enterprises Programme. This issue was produced with support from the World Resources Institure (WRI) and the New Field Foundation (NFF).
“Endokwa” is a Luganda word (One of Ugandan local language) which means “seedling” . We gave this name to this newsletter to reflect how engaging local communities is a fresh start to finding sustainable solutions for ending poverty and ensuring environmental sustainability as well as tackling climate change impacts. The name also reflects hope and potential of local community groups to ensure a better future of our planet.
The main objective of this ENDOKWA News is to support community learning through regional information sharing. It also facilitates the rest of the world to know the efforts of community groups in environmental safeguard and poverty reduction. It is produced in the framework of “Nature Based Community Learning Group” as resolved during the Regional Community Exchange Workshop held in Eastern Uganda from 29th to 31st August 2016.
In this issue you will read about the work of Kanaba Community Development and Echuya Forest Conservation Association (KADECA) in safegurding the Echuya forest (Uganda) and promoting sustainable development in the neighbourhood around the forest . You will also read ARCOS Network and its community partners’ journey to resilience, some success stories and in the educative part “Know more about the link between environment and livelihoods” we will learn about the benefits of Forest and Landscape Restoration. Finally, in the last two sections we will meet a farmer from Rwanda in the eastern Province and preview some events.
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