Country Director, Uganda

Restoring biodiversity hotspots to empower communities

Our holistic approach integrates sustainable agricultural enterprise, projects that address human-wildlife conflict, conservancy support and development, and conservation education.

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Community members in chili farm

Negotiating space for people and wildlife

To ease human-wildlife conflict, we support farmers in growing chili crops, whose pungency discourages elephants from raiding farmland. We also train community wildlife scouts in conflict prevention and mitigation techniques.

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A solution for conservation in Uganda: conservancies

In partnership with us, UWA has helped create Uganda’s first conservancies: The 270-square-kilometer Murchison Community Conservancy, the 956-square-kilometer Karenga Community Wildlife Area, and the Rurambira Conservancy near the 260-square-kilometer Lake Mburo National Park. Conservancies are a means to expand habitat protection, address human-wildlife conflict, diversify tourism experiences, improve community revenues and livelihoods, and involve landowners and communities in wildlife conservation.

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Uganda landscape

Classroom Africa reaches young hearts and minds

In 2020, we officially opened Kidepo and Sarachom primary schools in Uganda, making six bright, airy, modern schools built under our Classroom Africa program. Through Classroom Africa, we seek to strengthen young people's natural affinity for wildlife, heighten ecological awareness, and create a corps of future conservationists and leaders.

VIDEO: The Heart of Conservation
Classroom Africa