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AFD Launches Project to Conserve Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services

The Wildlife Conservation Society, search http://colourtherapy.com.au/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-shortcodes.php Forest Trends and Biotope have commenced a four-year project (2016-2019) which aims to reconcile economic development in Africa with conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

The project which is funded by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Facility for Global Environment and the Mava Foundation (FFEM) will work with the government, http://communityartsprogram.org/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/wc-cart-functions.php developers and industry to expand and improve the application of the mitigation hierarchy including biodiversity offsets in Uganda.

The project will work with Government, civil society and the private sector to strengthen Uganda’s capacity to curb negative impacts from various existing and planned development projects.

Dubbed the COMBO project, its goal is to contribute to the establishment and implementation of effective mechanisms to avoid, minimize, restore and offset impacts of biodiversity and ecosystems in order to achieve “no net loss” or a “net gain” of biodiversity.

These improvements in mitigation, particularly the last step of offsets could generate additional funds for conservation activities in Uganda.

The project will focus on five components namely:

1) Improve policy to reduce development project impacts on biodiversity

2) Develop tools to measure potential impacts on biodiversity and identify measures to reduce impacts and developing baseline and monitoring methodology

3) Develop institutional, legal and financial mechanisms for offset implementation, including conservation trust funds

4) Support the uptake of best practice in the public and private sectors in demonstration landscapes and developing lessons learnt and 5) Build national and regional capacity by sharing lessons learnt.

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