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In Uganda, the mountain gorilla is only in Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks and along the borders shared by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda
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Conserving Uganda's rich biodiversity for people and nature

WWF has been active in Uganda since 1992, a country rich in biodiversity with more than half of Africa’s bird species and 345 mammal species, including the chimpanzee and around 50% of the estimated 880 global population of the critically endangered mountain gorilla.
With over 80% of Uganda’s population dependent on farming and 90% on fuelwood or charcoal for cooking and heating, WWF is prioritising the use of renewable energy. More sustainable energy solutions can take major pressure off natural forests which are critical habitats for great apes and other species. 

As part of the vision to achieve a 100% renewable energy future in Uganda by 2050, WWF is promoting increased access to renewable energy, especially in areas important for conservation where forest protection is crucial.  An EU-funded project is helping install renewable energy in three districts within the Albertine Rift ecoregion, to benefit about 17,000 households, 2,00 small businesses and 50 schools and health centres. 

Uganda is one of six countries sharing the Albertine Rift. This WWF conservation priority region includes the Great Lakes of Central Africa, from Lake Albert to Lake Tanganyika, stretching over 1,000 km. The region is characterized by mountains and valleys, with forests at altitudes ranging from 900m to 4,000m. This is an area of exceptional diversity and endemism, containing many species threatened with extinction. Over 50% of birds, 39% of mammals, 19% of amphibians, and 14% of reptiles and plants found in mainland Africa occur here. Most famous, and also economically important for tourism, is the mountain gorilla, remaining in only a small number of protected areas on the borders shared by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda, including Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla national parks. WWF has worked in partnership with the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) in the three countries for many years. 

WWF is supporting the improvement of livelihoods for communities living adjacent to these important protected areas to conserve the remaining natural forest habitats, which are critical contributions to ensure the future survival of Africa’s great apes.

About WWF Uganda

WWF started work in Uganda in 1992 as a project coordination office, and in 2009 it evolved into the Uganda Country Office (UCO). Read more...

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