The relatively high annual precipitation in most regions of Uganda, make the country highly suitable for domestic rainwater harvesting interventions such as roof water harvesting. Increasingly, residents and companies take up the ferrocement tanks built on location or the mass-produced plastic tanks. National non-governmental and governmental organisations stimulated the uptake of this technology through schemes like microfinance and cost-sharing grants.
Besides the promotion of roof water harvesting, though, the potential of other rainwater harvesting measures has by and large remained untapped. Now that developmental attention focuses more on the country’s dryer districts in the formerly conflict ridden North and North East, it is likely that other technologies like subsurface dams, ponds and floodwater buffering will be taken up. The water storage capacities of natural environments, like the countries large number of wetlands, also provide a unique opportunity to combine water buffering with nature management.