Where We Work:

Murchison Falls

Located at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, Uganda's largest and oldest conservation area is home to an array of mammals, bird species, reptiles, and amphibians. Threats include oil extraction, human-wildlife conflict, climate change, agricultural expansion, human-settlement expansion, infrastructure development, poaching, and insecurity.

We began working in this landscape in 2013, partnering with communities to realize conservation solutions that benefit people and wildlife. Our activities include:

  • Promoting sustainable land management through conservancies and participatory land-use planning
  • Enhancing climate change adaptation and resilience
  • Strengthening the capacity of wildlife law enforcement agencies
  • Mitigating human-wildlife conflict and implementing species recovery and action plans
  • Empowering youth through environmental education and awareness
Murchison Falls Budongo Bugungu Karuma Murchison Falls
National Park
Other State Protected Area

We work with the people of Uganda for wildlife. Our strategic, implementing and funding partners include:

Communities in the Murchison Falls landscape

District Local government

Community Wildlife Scouts

Wildlife We Are Protecting

By the Numbers

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5.5 million Cargo units searched by AWF-trained detection dog teams in Entebbe and Karuma in 2021-2022

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8 Countries named by CITES for a high rate of transboundary wildlife trafficking (“Gang of 8”), a list Uganda was cleared from in part due to AWF-supported anti-trafficking work at Murchison Falls

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378 Farmers near Murchison Falls who have been supported to grow chili since 2013. (Chili peppers are a buffer crop that prevents human-elephant conflict.)