BACKGROUND OF FOMAF.
was born in 2001 by women and youth resident in Mpigi District,
Uganda after a series of consultative meetings funded by the Forest
Department- Uganda and Voluntary Services Overseas- Uganda Programme
FOMAF was registered as a
Community Based Organization (CBO), with authority to operate around
the 40 degraded forest reserves and adjacent wetlands in Mpigi
District. The entire leadership is derived from the local
The highest organ
of leadership is the ANNUAL DELEGATES
CONFERENCE (ADC), which appoints a BOARD
OF DIRECTORS (BOD) through elections conducted within Sub
County level. Mpigi District has 5 Sub Counties.
BOD appoints the SECRETARIAT that runs
the day to day affairs of FOMAF. The secretariat consists of a COORDINATOR,
an ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT and a DRIVER.
ADVISERS and VOLUNTEERS are also sought
from time to time depending on projects on the ground. These are
invited by the Secretariat but with authority from the BOD.
projects attract other manpower, called the PROJECT
IMPLEMENTATION UNIT (PIU). Each project has its own field
staff, unless duties intermingle. The PIU is headed by the
Coordinator, who overseas all projects. Each project has its own
field staff, while the driver is there to assist whenever field work
requires a vehicle.
WHY A COMMUNITY BASED
That the loss of biological
diversity within the forests in Mpigi mainly from habitat
destruction and over harvesting had reached alarming levels.
That people needed a strong institutional framework if they
are to improve their livelihoods.
Biological resources in Mpigi District constitute a massive
capital asset that can sustainably be utilized to yield maximum
benefits over a long period of time.
Urgent and decisive action is needed
to conserve and maintain genes, species and ecosystems with a view
to the sustainable management and use of natural resources.
Effective co-operation with other
organizations, both national and international was required for the
in-situ protection of ecosystems for the enhancement of ecosystem
women and the youth in the district had been marginalized and needed
assistance to develop themselves.
felt local species conservation was vital for future generations.
OBJECTIVES OF FOMAF.
alternative income generation activities in the villages surrounding
Mpigi group of forests an wetlands.
sensitize the community in the said area on the values of and
importance of forests and wetlands.
To open up tree
planting campaigns in the areas surrounding Mpigi group of forests.
and promote Ecotourism in some of the forest blocks with the
capacity to handle visitors.
communities on agro forestry and conservation enterprises.
community energy saving programmes.
support and encourage afforestation and reforestation in private and
environmental education in schools and the community.
To monitor the
status of the Mpigi group of forests and make strategic response to
crises as they arise.
To initiate and
support health and development oriented initiatives as a way of
reducing community dependence on the forest.
networking with other CBO’s, NGO’s and government organizations
involved in integrated resource conservation and management
To identify and
solicit fund for the organization in order to strengthen the
organization management capacity and that of its members in natural
resource management, provision of service an poverty alleviation.
programmes that are to assist local people develop economically.
empower the woman and the girl child.
SECRETARIAT. C/O V.S.O UGANDA. PO BOX 2831. KAMPALA. UGANDA.
256(0) 77 580935/ FAX 256 (0) 41 510090.
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Conservation and Development Organization. All rights reserved.