Just like the rest of the world; Northern Uganda has experienced drastic climate change with much lesser rainfall in the past decade, this change in rainfall pattern has caused some of the formally abandunt surface water to dry off leaving very few wells which are heavily burdened by both human beings and animals.
The little rainfall has also discouraged farming because most crops could not survive the harsh high temperatures, there is therefore a possibility of great famine in the region because there is very little hope for harvest.
We at DWU have; in an effort to avert any further depletion of existing surface water wells, been promoting Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) to encourage communities to protect and maintain the existing water sheds/resources, in order to maintain the water supply and stabilise the yield of the existing water sources.
This has been and is being done through building the capacity and equipping of local leaders in our project areas as promoters, creating awareness within the communities on the benefit of maintaining water sheds/resources and adverse of its destruction.
Within all the communities that we serve; we ensure that we sensitize the locals and trigger them to take action to support their water supplies before a new water source is established.
Through this sensitization all water users have been able to plant at least 5 seedlings of natural trees around their homes, wetland demarcations are conducted in surrounding swamps, cultivation within wetlands has been discouraged through the effort of the local leaders.
We engaged the local leaders in the role out of the IWRM and they have been empowered to be the lead campaign agents.