ABOUT MT.ELGON FORUM

The Mt Elgon Stakeholder’s Forum (MESHF) was created in 2012 under the auspices of IUCN to provide a platform for coordinating all the efforts within the Mount Elgon ecosystem. The MESF brings together both state and non-state actors and the community as well as individuals that have a stake in the Mt. Elgon Ecosystem/Landscape.  The MESF provides platform to stakeholders to discuss and get a common understanding of the issues in the ecosystem/landscape, how they affect or are affected and the various interventions being undertaken by various actors to address the challenges and harness the opportunities available. Lessons learned and good practices from on-going interventions on Mt. Elgon that integrate conservation, rural development, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation/mitigation are discussed, good practices picked and new ideas developed.

The main goal of the Forum is to chart ways and means of restoring and, improving the quality and productivity of the landscape in Mt Elgon, so as to increase its ecological, socio-economic and cultural values and improve the flow of ecosystem goods and services from the ecosystem for local community livelihood improvement, national development and global benefits such as mitigation of climate change impacts, through shared goals and objectives.

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How far have we come?

After its inaugural meeting in 2012, the Second MESF was held in June, 2015 and, was attended by over 80 participants drawn from Regional (EAC) Authorities/Bodies, Central Government Ministries, National Parliaments, Autonomous Government Agencies and County/District Local Governments as well as development partners and civil society organizations that are operating in the Mt. Elgon Region from both Uganda and Kenya. The 3rd MESHF that took place in November 2016, drawing over 50 participants from Central Government Ministries, Agencies and Statutory Bodies, District Local Governments, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and Cultural and Religious institutions as well as representatives of related networks from Northern Uganda. The next (fourth) MESF is, therefore, in line with this collaborative stakeholder experience sharing and engagement.

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FEATURED PROJECT

IMPLEMENTING A RESILIENCE FRAMEWORK TO SUPPORT CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN THE MT ELGON REGION OF THE LAKE VICTORIA BASIN

The project: Implementing a resilience framework to support climate change adaptation in the Mt Elgon region of the Lake Victoria Basin is being implemented in Kenya and Uganda within the Mt.Elgon region of the Lake Victoria Basin.

The project seeks to strengthen societal and ecological resilience to adverse climate impacts within the Mt.Elgon region of the Lake Victoria Basin through the application of a ‘Climate Resilience Framework’.

The project goal is to enhance coordination and adaptive action between stakeholders, informed by timely, accurate and comprehensive information, for the Mt Elgon water tower in the Lake Victoria Basin..

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A CALL TO ACTION

FORUM PHOTO GALLERY

WHY THE MT ELGON ECOSYSTEM CONSERVATION FORUM

Despite the value of Mt Elgon and the various positive changes achieved by the various partners working in small areas within the landscape, it has been noted that the interventions are scattered and uncoordinated, hence affecting the impact of the interventions. The ecosystem also has a number of thematic working groups which spearhead discussions and learning lessons on key themes within the landscape. However, the thematic working groups are limited to specific stakeholders and issues. This forum intends to engage more stakeholders and cover wider issues that reflect the interlinkages within the ecosystem.

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FORUM OPERATIONALIZATION

Operationalization of the forum

The forum is initially supported by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) through its Ecosystem Based Adaptation and REDD Programmes, and UNDP through the TACC Project. Members of the forum will be identified basing on interventions and mandate within the ecosystem, and demonstrated value to contribute to sustainable management of the ecosystem for improved livelihoods.

Initially, the forum coordination desk shall be hosted by IUCN till a formal process is reached during meetings

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