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Adapting to drought through a community gravity water flow system in Uganda

The need for reducing risks from climate-related hazards is particular relevant in mountain ecosystems. The Kapchorwa district, Mt. Elgon in Uganda has farming communities that depend on rain fed agriculture. A vulnerability assessment conducted for Sanzara parish revealed drought as one of the major climate risks which makes the communities prone to water stress, hence affecting their livelihood. Through the Ecosystem Based Adaptation approach, the Mountain Eba Global Partnership, with the District Water Office and the communities explored possibilities of tapping water from River Sippi, which is one of the key ecosystem services of the Mt Elgon through establishing a gravity flow scheme.


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