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WWF Bags New Project on Climate Adaptation and Protected Areas for GVL

WWF Uganda is set to kick-off the implementation of the Climate Adaptation and Protected Areas (CAPA) Initiative in the Greater Virunga Landscape (GVL) with funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) through International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

The initiative will be implemented in the sites of Rwenzori Mountains National Park (RMNP), Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) and Bwindi Impenetrable National park.

The project seeks to promote natural solutions to strengthening climate resilience and protecting biodiversity in and around Protected Areas (PAs) and critical landscapes in the Global South.

The CAPA initiative is closely aligned to many of GAC's and partner countries' central development priorities, including support for climate adaptation and biodiversity protection, and the promotion of gender equality.

According to Coordinator for GVL at WWF Uganda, Paul Hatanga, the initiative will among others focus on promoting inclusive and gender-responsive climate change adaptation.

“We are deliberate on increasing women's participation in adaptation decision-making and address gender inequalities that exacerbate women's vulnerability to climate change”, he asserted.

At a global level, the CAPA Initiative is jointly implemented with WWF Africa and Wildlife Conservation Society- Fiji and Wildlife Conservation Society- Belize.

The initiative’s intervention sites cover marine, coastal and terrestrial ecosystems and landscapes in Belize, Fiji, Uganda, Zambia.
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WWF staff, Donor representatives and CSO partners after the project inception meeting