My topic is about assessing the awareness and understanding of local communities towards REDD+ project. This is going to be carried out in Hoima district. The reason is that REDD+ project (MS-REDD+) is in its in initial implementation stages in Hoima district in the Murchison-Semlik landscape with the intention of engaging private forest owners and local communities within in conserving the natural forests, which are important corridors for biodiversity linking Budongo – Bugoma Forest Reserves. Much as REDD+ programme has the potential to boost forest conservation in these communities, limited awareness about the programme might make its interventions fail. Studies on community awareness on REDD+ programme remain limited and little is known about the status and level on awareness and understanding on REDD+ programme in local communities of Hoima district, thus the need for a study to generate information about the level of awareness and understanding on REDD+ programme among local communities.
This study therefore seeks to address the following question;
1.To what extent are the local communities is Hoima aware about REDD+ programme? What and how much do they understand about REDD+
2.What are the factors influencing peoples’ level of awareness and understanding about the REDD+ programme?
3.How has the awareness and understanding on REDD+ programme influenced forest conservation activities in local communities of Hoima district?
I am certain that the Information that will be generated will aid in the process of developing a National REDD+ strategy or Action I Plan that can foster active participation in forest conservation by local people. Awareness and understanding on REDD+ programme will encourage local community participation in forest conservation thus improving their socioeconomic – through incentives received and consequently increasing the country’s resilience to climate change and ensuring sustainable development.