Participants cover tree seedlings with mulch.
NAWOU is committed to environmental management, sustainability and addressing climate change. Aware that because of gender expectations women rely on the health of the environment to execute their roles, and that because of this very dependency women are also one of the biggest degraders of the environment because of lack of alternative sources of energy, NAWOU has integrated environmental awareness into her programs. Women and girls are most affected by climate change as they have to walk longer distances and work harder to fetch water and firewood.
NAWOU’s program in Hoima is now actively working to equip women groups with skills and knowledge to produce and manage tree seedling nurseries and tree planting as an approach to combating climate change. 14 women’s groups from Bugambe, Kitoba, Kigorobya and Hoima municipality were trained on environmental protection and promotion, production and management of tree seedling nurseries and proper land use while farming. This is also part of a much larger effort to ensure food security by imparting skills on climate smart agriculture.
Some of the women who participated in the training stand near their demo nursedy bed.
The women cited a number of reasons for land degradation in their communities which included; use of inorganic pesticides and tree cutting carried out residents who pay the officials to look the other way or by local government officials themselves. This points to a need to operationalize the climate change policy at the local level.
The facilitator took the participants through the establishment of tree nurseries, how to care for them and how to transplant their trees to their permanent location. The women found the training to be useful but requested that they be availed with fruit trees instead as this can combat food insecurity while also preserving the environment. Teopista from Kitoba Catholic Women’s Group said;
“This is the first detailed training we have had in Kitoba. The trainer has been very good. He gave us time to rest as adult learners to be able to understand well. Thank you very much NAWOU for this opportunity.”