The effort to establish a network of champions is supported by USAID funded Activities whose focus is on creating and supporting an enabling environment, building capacity, and improving local readiness to plan and undertake adaptation actions mainly for agricultural production systems and location-related district management and functions.
The USAID /Education and Research to Improve Climate Change Adaptation (ERICCA), shares an interest in supporting and building capacity for agricultural systems with farmers and their supporting districts that are resilient to the impacts of Climate Change.
A Climate champion is a local/regional “go-to” person for accurate and useful Climate Change advice. A regional Climate champion is a person who is passionate about understanding the Climate science basics, the likely impacts in their regions, and the ways to respond. They can provide helpful advice and guidance as district local governments begin/carry out the planning processes of adaptation and mitigation around a changing Climate.
ERICCA trains Climate champion that will become a long-term channel of information dissemination – in two directions. First as a source of support to various levels of local government and others as they begin in earnest to plan responses to climate changes; and second as a source of feedback or dialog with researchers and policy makers to identify information/policy/institutional needs of communities that may be addressed through research and/or policy/institutional interventions or to provide updates on community activities to those within and outside the community.
The project aimed at increasing the resilience of watershed systems and communities through using the ecosystem and farmer field school approaches It focused on enhancing wetland services to the communities as well as promoting appropriate adaptation options to sustain people’s livelihood
USAID/Uganda Education and Research to Improve Climate Change Adaptation Activity (ERICCA) and Enabling Environment for Agriculture (EEA) in conjunction with Makerere University Centre for Climate Change Research and Innovations (MUCCRI) organized and hosted the Community-based Adaptation Learning Forum (CALF) with a general aim of building experiences of the Climate Champions to foster communal adaptation to Climate Change. The Forum was held from the 14th – 15th December at Kolping Hotel, Bwaise-Kampala.
About 40 participants from different districts across Uganda code named Climate Champions on 8th and 9th July, 2015 underwent training on climate change. The training brought together people from the private sector, medical personnel, local government, model farmers, district environmental officers and media practitioners among others.