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AWF Inks 5-Year Partnership with Uganda National Environment Management Authority

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AWF and NEMA Uganda officials

(KAMPALA, UGANDA — June 22, 2023) The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and the National Environment Management Authority of Uganda (NEMA) today embarked on a five-year deal aimed at amplifying collaboration in conservation and environmental management in Uganda.

The collaboration will enable AWF and NEMA to support and facilitate the design, development, and dissemination of environmental/ conservation interpretation materials and campaigns. AWF will also support NEMA staff capacity in conservation education, training services, research,  and monitoring and evaluation.

AWF CEO Kaddu Sebunya said, “We are indeed excited to be embarking on this partnership which opens the door for increased collaboration towards enhancing natural resource management in Uganda. Often wildlife is not even a part of the climate discussion, but through this agreement, Uganda is taking a commendable step towards integrating wildlife conservation into its climate strategies, thus ensuring the protection of biodiversity and the resilience of ecosystems. AWF looks forward to working alongside NEMA in contributing to a more sustainable and climate-resilient future.”

Through the agreement, AWF will work alongside NEMA in the establishment of a climate change training center to support information generation and dissemination on adaptation and mitigation to enhance environmental conservation and livelihood improvement in Uganda.

NEMA Executive Director Barirega Akankwasah said, “NEMA takes immense pleasure in partnering with AWF for the next five years as we have witnessed the magnificent work implemented by the foundation in Uganda and across the region. We believe that this union will be integral in the implementation of programs that deliver on the national goals and ambitions set under the auspices of the Global Biodiversity Framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.”

About AWF

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is the primary advocate for the protection of wildlife and wild lands as an essential part of a modern and prosperous Africa. Founded in 1961 to focus on Africa’s conservation needs, we articulate a uniquely African vision, bridge science and public policy, and demonstrate the benefits of conservation to ensure the survival of the continent’s wildlife and their habitats.

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