Building Resilient Communities, Wetland Ecosystems and Associated Catchments in Uganda

Building Resilient Communities, Wetland Ecosystems and Associated Catchments in Uganda

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 15 Dec 2016 at B.15
  • Est. completion 31 Dec 2026
  • ESS Category Category B

Enhancing Ugandan subsistence farmers’ ability to deal with climate impacts.

An estimated 4 million people who live in and around Uganda’s wetlands rely on them for food security. The impact of climate change, coupled with other environmental stresses, is increasing the degradation of wetlands and associated ecosystems.

This grant-based project will assist the Government of Uganda take climate change effects into account in managing wetlands. Climate effects include increased climate variability and extreme weather events, such as droughts, floods, high temperatures and violent storms.

This project will help Uganda

  • restore critical wetlands to improve ecosystem services - such as replenishing ground water, improving flood control, and enhancing the livelihoods of subsistence farming communities through fishing and agriculture;
  • Enhancing the skills of people to diversify their livelihoods and become more resilient to climate shocks; and
  • Improve the ability of communities in sensitive wetland areas to reduce climate risks and prepare them for climate-related disasters (including through decentralized early warning systems).

This project will target south-western and eastern regions in Uganda, home to some of this Least Developed Country’s most vulnerable people - more than half of them women. While this climate initiative is based on grant financing, positive spillover effects are envisaged in the private sector as new revenue opportunities open up for people in rural areas.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 8 years.

Total project value






Result areas

Project timeline


29 Jun 2015 - 536 days

Concept note received

29 Jun 2015

Funding proposal received

30 Jul 2015

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

10 May 2016


15 Dec 2016 - 198 days

Approved by GCF Board

15 Dec 2016

Cleared by iTAP

15 Dec 2016

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

23 Jan 2017

FAA executed

08 Jun 2017

Under implementation

30 Jun 2017 - 2,574 days so far

FAA effective

30 Jun 2017

Disbursement - USD 2,617,968

13 Oct 2017

Annual Performance Report

23 Mar 2018

Annual Performance Report

01 Mar 2019

Disbursement - USD 1,782,136

07 May 2019

Disbursement - USD 3,479,526

01 Apr 2020

Disbursement - USD 4,040,468

09 Mar 2022

Disbursement - USD 4,191,529

31 Jul 2023

Disbursement - USD 3,997,739

09 Apr 2024

To be completed

31 Dec 2026 - 898 days to go

One region

  • Africa

One country

Two priority groups

  • Least Developed Countries
  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing83% disbursed

GrantUSD 24,140,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 24,140,000


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 2,000,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 18,122,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 20,122,000

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Accredited Entity

United Nations Development Programme
Mrs. Nancy Bennet

Executive Coordinator, ad interim (A.I)
304 East 45th Street, FF-9th Floor, New York, United States
Phone +12129065044
Mr. Robin Merlier

Principal Advisor Environmental Law and Policy
304 East 45th Street, FF-9th Floor, New York, United States
Phone +1 2129065842
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National Designated Authority

Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development
Mr. Ramathan Ggoobi Primary
Permanent Secretary / Secretary to the Treasury
Phone +256414707135
Ms. Maris Wanyera Secondary
Ag. Director Debt and Cash Policy
Phone +256772426456
Mr. Juvenal Muhumuza Secondary
Ag. Commissioner, Development Assistance and Regional Cooperation Department
Phone +256781051485
Mr. Denis Mugagga Secondary
Head, Climate Finance Unit
Phone +256782805422
Phone +256702440655


News + Stories

How can climate action balance the needs of nature and people?

21 Jan 2020 / Efforts to protect ecosystems must also take into account global development goals intended to lift people out of poverty. A difficult past has taught young Ugandan beekeeper Shildah Nabimanya the importance of protecting ecosystems.

Preserving wetlands in Uganda

30 Nov 2019 / Preserving wetlands is key to fighting climate change. In Uganda, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) works with UNDP, to empower communities to restore ecosystems while protecting their livelihoods.

Building climate resilience for Uganda's wetlands

08 Nov 2019 / GCF is working with UNDP to bolster Uganda's climate resilience by helping to keep its wetland ecosystems intact.

Using ecosystems to counter climate crisis only natural

08 Nov 2019 / Creating a virtuous circle, it is possible to enhance climate resilience by protecting ecosystems. But we cannot forget the place of people, especially those who are poor, in devising nature-based climate solutions. That is why the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is supporting climate action that balances land use and nature by protecting ecosystems in ways that also boost people’s livelihoods. One example is in Uganda.

Wetlands give life: Preserving Uganda's wetlands secures a brighter future for country and planet

02 Feb 2019 / Wetlands are an important natural buffer in mitigating, forestalling, and adapting to climate change. By absorbing and storing carbon, wetlands reduce floods, relieve droughts, minimise storm surges, and protect coastlines.