The COMBO Project: reconciling growth and environment

The Wildlife Conservation Society, Forest Trends and Biotope have commenced a four-year project (2016-2019) which aims to reconcile economic development in Africa with conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. This project is funded by AFD - the French Development Agency, FFEM - the French Facility for Global Environment and the Mava Foundation.

To some people, economic growth and environment protection sound like oxymoron. The COMBO project successfully challenges this view: through its program, Uganda entrepreneurs will learn how to develop their business while supporting sustainable development.

The Wildlife Conservation Society, Forest Trends and Biotope have commenced a four-year project (2016-2019) which aims to reconcile economic development in Africa with conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. This project is funded by AFD - the French Development Agency, FFEM - the French Facility for Global Environment and the Mava Foundation.

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To some people, economic growth and environment protection sound like oxymoron. The COMBO project successfully challenges this view: through its program, Uganda entrepreneurs will learn how to develop their business while supporting sustainable development.
The Wildlife Conservation Society, Forest Trends and Biotope have commenced a four-year project (2016-2019) which aims to reconcile economic development in Africa with conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. This project is funded by AFD - the French Development Agency, FFEM - the French Facility for Global Environment and the Mava Foundation.
Comprising members of the government, civil society and the private sector, COMBO’s participants will work together to strengthen Uganda’s capacity to curb negative impacts from various existing and planned development projects.
The goal of the COMBO project is to contribute to the establishment and implementation of effective mechanisms to avoid, minimize, restore and offset impacts of biodiversity and ecosystems in order to achieve “no net loss” or a “net gain” of biodiversity.

These improvements in mitigation, particularly the last step of offsets could generate additional funds for conservation activities in Uganda. The project will focus on five components namely: 1) Improve policy to reduce development project impacts on biodiversity 2) Develop tools to measure potential impacts on biodiversity and identify measures to reduce impacts and developing baseline and monitoring methodology 3) Develop institutional, legal and financial mechanisms for offset implementation, including conservation trust funds 4) Support the uptake of best practice in the public and private sectors in demonstration landscapes and developing lessons learnt and 5) Build national and regional capacity by sharing lessons learnt.

The project will follow international best practices, policy and methodologies and adapt them for Uganda. As these principles and standards have received widespread review by a range of stakeholders, this approach will facilitate the improved application of the mitigation hierarchy.

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Dernière modification : 08/09/2016

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