Participatory land use planning in Buwooya subcounty- Empowering communities for sustainable development
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Of the 3401 hectares administrated by Buwooya subcounty, Buvuma district, Uganda, 36% was assigned to oil palm cultivation, with 35% declared as protected forests. This leaves local communities with hard choices about how to meet their needs from the remaining 29% of land. Ecological Trends Alliance, supported by Tropenbos International, worked with the two parishes that make up Buwooya subcounty to achieve food security and sustainable land management through a new land use plan. This was developed through dialogue and participatory processes with communities in each parish to ensure that the plan promoted inclusive decision making and monitoring. This info brief presents the vision, goal and objectives identified by the communities to move the subcounty towards more sustainable land use, and outlines the main issues and recommendations to address these challenges.