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In recognition of immense biodiversity losses, and the immeasurable value of biodiversity and ecosystems in sustaining human life,193 of the world’s governments agreed in 2010 to an ambitious set of 20 “Aichi Biodiversity Targets” for biodiversity conservation,sustainable use and equitable benefits sharing. Target 17 calls for each country to revise their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), the primary national planning instrument for implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity, to be aligned with the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Target 20 calls for countries to assess the financial resource needs and mobilize financial resources for effectively implementing the Strategic Plan.

In October 2012, UNDP launched the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) as a new global partnership seeking to address the global biodiversity finance challenge in a comprehensive and systematic manner (see www.biodiversityfinance.net). The aim of this partnership is to enable governments to construct a sound business case for increased investment in the sustainable and equitable management, protection and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems. The BIOFIN Workbook provides guidance to countries on how to assess financial needs and how to mobilize the financial resources required to fully implement their revised NBSAPs, and thereby achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets at a national level.

THE BIOFIN WORKBOOK,A Tool to Mobilize Financial Resources for Biodiversity and Development. Click here to download full document


Building Transformative Policy and Financing Frameworks to Increase Investment in Biodiversity Management (BIOFIN) - UGANDA

UNDP in October 2012 launched the Biodiversity Finance Initiative – BIOFIN, as a new global partnership seeking to address the biodiversity finance challenge in a comprehensive manner – building a sound business case for increased investment in the management of ecosystems and biodiversity.

BIOFIN is managed by the UNDP Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme, in partnership with the European Union and the Governments of Germany and Switzerland, who support the initiative with a total of USD 15 million (as of March 2014 – further support is being sought). The Global Environment Facility is a further partner financing parallel in-country projects in support of the revision of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs).

Uganda began it implementation of the BIOFIN project and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is the implementing agencies on behalf of Government of Uganda. It has established a Central Technical Unit (CTU) at NEMA and a BIOFIN National Team.

The BIOFIN National Team is comprised of the following;

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Name

Designation

Email

Telephone

1

Francis Ogwal

Natural Resource Manager- Biodiversity and Rangeland at NEMA and is the National Project Coordinator-BIOFIN

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+256 772517045

2

Monique Akullo

BIOFIN - Project Management Officer

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+256 754837935

3

Francis Mwaura

BIOFIN - Private Finance/Business National Expert

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+ 256 793881250

4

Moses Masiga

BIOFIN - Biodiversity/Environmental Economics National Expert

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+256 772563919


BIOFIN PROJECT OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED IN UGANDA

The project was officially launched on 4th August by the State Minister for Environment, Hon. Flavia Nabugere at Source of the Nile Hotel, Jinja District.

Mr. Daniel Omodo Mcmondo from UNDP giving a speech on behalf of UNDP Country Director Ms. Almaz Gebru. Sited on the L-R is Mr. Francis Ogwal, the Natural Resource Manager- Biodiversity and Rangelands/National Project Coordinator, BIOFIN project at NEMA and the Hon. Minister of State for Environment, Hon. Flavia M. Nabugere during the opening and launch of the BIOFIN project in Uganda

 

Below, BIOFIN - Technical Steering Committee for Uganda,

BIOFIN - UGANDA

Technical Steering Committee, July 2015

Institution

Name

Designation

Email

Ministry of Water and Environment

Nathan Mununuzi

Senior Environment Officer

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+256 759 644936/772 841 843

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development

Godfrey Ndawula

Assistant Commissioner New and Renewable Source of Energy

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+256 772 439144

Ministry of Local Government

Paul Bogere

Commissioner, Local Councils Development

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+0392 943390

Peter Ourien

Principal Assistant Secretary- Alternative member

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+256 772 408873

National Planning Authority

Edith Kateme-Kasaijja

Ag. Executive Director

Uganda Wildlife Authority

Aggrey Rwetsiba

Senior Monitoring and Research Coordinator

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+256 772 499735

Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development

David Okwii

Senior Economist

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+256 789 417282

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries

Moses Kasigwa

Principal Economist

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+256 773 402300

National Forestry Authority

Denis Mutaryebwa

Plant Development Specialist

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+256 772 544033

Uganda Bureau of Statistics

Emmanuel Menyha

Senior Statistician-Environment Statistics

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+256 711706094/772 889554