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Over the last years, Uganda’s forests have faced severe pressures mainly from agricultural conversion as a result of population increase, urban demand for charcoal and wood fuel, over grazing, uncontrolled timber harvesting and policy failures. National environment Authority (NEMA) reports that over 90% of the households use wood fuel for cooking, (NEMA, 2018). As result, the rate of deforestation is on the rise leading to air pollution, increasing levels of poisonous gases and environmental heat and the resulting effect of Climate change which is being felt now more than ever. According to Ministry of Water and Environment (2016), Forest cover in 1990 was at 24%, in 2000 it was at 17 %, 2010 at 13% and in 2015 it was 8% which signals that there is enormous decline of forest cover.
The Uganda UNDP Accelerator Lab has engaged in numerous intensive activities to identify and map-out the drivers of leading drivers of deforestation in Uganda. From these activities it is evident that there is an existing gap on access to recent and real-time Data. The official latest data that is available dates back in 2016. There is limited recent formal and innovative data despite the many initiatives that have been encouraging re-afforestation. More still, for the different actors that have been collecting data, it is not harmonized. The Lab would therefore like to undertake an experiment of developing a real-time data platform that could be used by the public, private sector and academia for research and to make decisions based on real-time evidence. We believe access to up-to-date innovative data will trigger response actions by various players in the ecosystem and garner support for prevention and mitigation in a more strategic and coordinated way in order to reverse the rapid rate of deforestation.
UNDP Uganda is seeking to hire a qualified consulting firm or team of consultants to design and develop an innovative real-time data visualization and sharing platform that tracks forest degradation and rate of forest cover loss.
18th March 2020 at 5:00 PM East Africa Time
Languages Required: English