“A large percentage of the Uganda’s biodiversity is threatened as a result of deforestation, overstocking with livestock, urban sprawl and expansion of agriculture”


Uganda depends heavily on environment and natural resources and its future sustainability in agriculture, food security and general livelihoods relies significantly on environmental conservation and sustainability. It is also a common knowledge that the future sustainability of Uganda’s tourism industry depends on the conservation of the natural forests and wildlife in its Protected Areas (PAs). However, a major concern is that PAs will not be sustainable due to increased human-wildlife conflict, population growth pressure, domestic and commercial deforestation, and climate change.
Though Uganda is considered to be rich with its tropical climate and green vegetation, it is subjected to environmental problems which put the economic, environmental and social development at risk. These include soil degradation, deforestation, drainage of wetlands, loss of biodiversity, pollution and unsanitary conditions resulting unsustained livelihood. Biodiversity and global climate change are interlinked in terms of world efforts to reduce the potential for loss of glaciers, rising sea levels and radical shifts in weather patterns.
In Uganda, the continued environmental degradation has remained a big threat and causing severe problems for the local communities and the country. It is recognized that this challenge could only be overcome through community led efforts to conserve biodiversity and its use for sustainable livelihoods.
We work directly with communities to raise environmental awareness among our participating villages to understand the obstacles they face and provide solutions specific to their needs and to nurture the traditions and local knowledge that have long allowed them to live in balance with their surroundings, and to develop understanding of the changes (positive and negative) that the modern world can bring.
These solutions provide jobs, community capacity building, conservation management, educational opportunities, and, ultimately, the ability for people to better their own lives.