Rwambu E-Pilot project

In 2011 JESE in partnership with RAIN and Wetlands International initiated a pilot project in the west of Uganda under the Dutch Wash Alliance. This project aimed to give practical input and lessons learned for the environmental (E) part of the FIETS[1] sustainability approach taken by the Dutch WASH Alliance (DWA) Programme. The project entailed the integration of wetland management, rainwater recharge retention and reuse (3R) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the Rwenzori region. The project area is located in the transboundary Rwambu catchment on the border of the districts of Kamwenge and Ibanda.

The established aim of the program would be to support

  • Evidence-based learning project on area-based integration of water recharge, retention and reuse and wetland management for sustainable WASH provision.
  • Support regional-based knowledge sharing and capacity building on E sustainability and integration in WASH service delivery, from which others Uganda WASH Alliance Partners can learn/get inspired to up-take this dimension in their work.

In 2012 the Rwambu benefitted from the inclusion of NETWAS and the documenting services rendered. In 2013 NETWAS agreed to contribute again along the same lines and take the lead in researching and documenting the output results of the implementation of JESE.

These outputs will be part of the reporting of JESE, Wetlands International and RAIN to the Dutch Wash Alliance. They will also apply to the RAIN IFAD program in which the Rwambu project features with 2 pilot projects. NETWAS has since conducted research and documentation of project proceedings using interviews, photos, water table measurements, moisture tests e.t.c as part of an ongoing process.