Conserving Natural Resources in the Pearl of Africa
Forestry:Over the years, Market initiatives for management of forests have been considered as one of the most effective tools for promoting sustainable forest management. Forest certification is one of such initiatives. It provides an opportunity for concurrent achievement in conservation and socio-economic development. To advance this, WWF-UCO, is implementing a project aimed at improving Forest Management through Forest Certification in the country. In doing so, biodiversity conservation is achieved through the use of market initiatives as one form of achieving conservation goals.
Energy and Climate:
Similar to global trends and those in developing countries, Uganda's demand for all forms of energy is projected to increase dramatically in the coming years as a result of increasing economic activity and growth. WWF’s main goal for energy development is 100% access to renewable energy by 2025 and reduction of footprint in relation to fossil fuel development. WWFUCO's Energy and Climate Programme has developed several innovative projects which support the Ugandan government in .delivering on its energy development commitments in ways that are environmentally responsible and sustainable.
A natural attraction
Area: 236,580 square kilometers (roughly the size of Great Britain)
Notable sites: Source of the Nile, Lake Victoria, Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon) span 60 km
Agriculture is the most important sector of the economy, employing over 80% of the work force. The chief food crops are cassava, sweet potatoes, plantains, millet, sorghum, corn, and pulses. The principal traditional cash crops are coffee, cotton, tea and tobacco. New additions include cut flowers, beans, maize and sugarcane. Large numbers of poultry, cattle, goats, and sheep are raised. There is a sizable fishing industry.
Uganda is endowed with over 50 minerals, ranking it among the countries in Africa with the biggest number of minerals which include copper, cobalt, diamond, gold, oil, kaolin, lime stone, marbles, phospates, Uranium, glass(silca sand), wolfram, nikel,diamond, tin, titanium, natural gas, iron ore, lead, granite, soapstone, asbestos, and the platinum group minrals like palladium, and platinum-palladium.