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One of the host farmers demonstrating to the trainees what he has achieved after adopting good agricultural practices
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A Meeting Of Two Mountains To Address Climate Change

Coffee farmers from Mount Elgon (in Eastern Uganda) hosted a team of 12 farmers from Mount Rwenzori (in the West) to share lessons on Climate Smart Approaches to agriculture, good agricultural practices, on-the-farm value addition and agro tourism.
Under their umbrella association, Busongora Joint Farmers Association (BJFA), the visiting farmers were taken on a guided tour along the slopes of Mount Elgon, a region close to the border between Uganda and Kenya. The four-day visit also included a visit to model farms and a coffee processing factory where they witnessed coffee roasting. The farmers also attended mini-lectures on what ‘Climate Smart Approaches’ of Agriculture entails.

Mt. Elgon shares a similar mountainous landscape like the Rwenzori and is the leading Arabic coffee growing region in Uganda making its farmers the preferred point of reference for learning.

The learning visit is part of the community empowerment interventions under the “Sustainable Financing of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park Project” (SFRMNP) being implemented by WWF Uganda Country Office and funded by European Union (EU) and the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM)

“The trip was rewarding and the farmers committed to adopting the best practices they were exposed to during the visit” says Richard Mwesigwa, the Project Manager.

He adds, “The farmers that visited Mt. Elgon have also committed to passing on the knowledge all their association members to understand and embark on the best practices especially the Climate Smart Approach to agriculture and agro-tourism.”

According to the research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food security, Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) is an integrative approach to address the interlinked challenges of food security and climate change. It involves sustainably increasing agricultural productivity, to support equitable increases in farm incomes, food security and development; adapting and building resilience of agricultural and food security systems to climate change at multiple levels; and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture (including crops, livestock and fisheries).

Busongora Joint Farmers Association is one of the community-based organizations that was selected to be supported by the SFMNP project. It comprises of 516 farmers (129 males and 387 females) from communities neighboring the Rwenzori Mountains National Park. They were hosted by Kawacom Ltd, one of the leading agencies dealing in coffee processing, marketing and certification in Uganda. Kawacom is currently working with over 30,000 farmers around the country to help them improve their agricultural practices.

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WWF started work in Uganda in 1982 as a project coordination office, and in 2009 it evolved into the Uganda Country Office (UCO). Read more...

​Prince Bernhard Scholarship now OPEN

The 2016 ​Prince Bernhard Scholarship (PBS) application process is now OPEN.
The WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarship Fund for Nature Conservation was established in 1991 in honour of WWF’s Founder President, the late HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. The goal of the Scholarship Fund is to help build the next generation of people who will become the conservation leaders of the future.

The aim of the WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarship Fund (PBS) is to provide financial support to individuals wishing to pursue short-term professional training or formal studies that will help them contribute more effectively to conservation efforts in their country.

Interested persons can find the application form (in English only) as well as the guidelines (in English, French & Spanish) here.

The deadline by which candidates should submit their applications is 5 January 2016.

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EU Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Kristian Schmidt, addressing the audience during the launch of FFEM Co financing
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Sustainable Financing of Rwenzori Mountain National Park Project Launched

The project aims to achieve effective conservation of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a World Heritage site and a Ramsar Site, through the development of a sustainable financing mechanism
Kampala, Uganda - The Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Republic of Uganda, H.E. Kristian Schmidt, has commended the conservation work that the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is undertaking in Uganda. The comments were made at the launch of the Sustainable Financing of the Rwenzori Moutain Project that took place on 23rd March in Kampala.
In 2014, WWF Uganda started implementing a three and a half year Sustainable Financing of Rwenzori Mountain National Park project with financial support from the European Union worth 1.3 M Euros and French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) worth 700,000 Euros. The project aims to achieve effective conservation of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a World Heritage and Ramsar Site, through the development of a sustainable financing mechanism that realizes the potential value of the National Parks ecosystem services with engagement of the private sector in the management of natural resources.  The project also aims to contribute to incomes for the poor populations living around the Rwenzori Mountain.

During the FFEM co-financing launch event, H.E. Schmidt also commended WWF for the achievements realized through other EU funded projects.
“I also want to congratulate our partners from WWF. We have been working together for some time now in other areas; Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) etc.” He said.
“Your work is obviously of the best quality so we had no hesitation to conclude on this particular project. We know you are absolutely committed to the environment and its protection.”

He then called for explicit control of wildlife trade in the country,
“I regret to point out the increasing wildlife crime in Uganda as has been reported. As you are aware, Uganda is a very important transit route for wildlife trafficking, but is also a source of wildlife crime in itself.” He added.

“We are eagerly looking forward to the timely conclusion of the investigations at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) for example, and other cases of wildlife crime which have tarnished the image of the institutions implicated and the country in general.”

During the same event the Country Director, WWF Uganda, Mr. David Duli, thanked all the partners for their cooperation,
“WWF is thankful to government of Uganda - Central and Local Governments, our development partners and the private sector for the collaborative engagement in managing natural resources, addressing livelihood for the rural poor and providing sustainable financing for protected areas. This public-private partnership supports government efforts in delivery of the National Development Plan.” Mr. Duli said.

In addition to France’s contribution to the project through the EU delegation, the French Ambassador H.E. Sophie Makame also signed and handed over the 700,000 Euros cheque which was the co-financing contribution from the FFEM.

The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Hon. Dr. Maria Mutagamba highlighted the importance and challenges faced by the Rwenzori Mountains saying,

“Given the rich biodiversity, the Rwenzori Mountains have also become an important site for scientific and applied research. However, the mountains are threatened with encroachment, wild fires, deforestation, illegal logging, poaching and climate change that continues to impact on the unique feature - snow along the equator.”

She added, “I hope you will continue supporting wildlife conservation in a manner and mix that sustains national values and interests.”

Kasese District Local Government was represented by the District Vice Chairperson, Mr Muhindo Tadeo. He thanked WWF and the Ambassadors for the financial support provided to ensure Sustainable Financing of Rwenzori Mountain National Park.  The event was attended by government agencies, envoys from the French and EU delegation, CSOs, private sector representatives and the media.
In 2013 alone, more than 20,000 Elephants were illegally killed across the African continent.
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Poaching is an attack on Uganda's Economic Transformation

According to the Environment and natural resources report series, Uganda is a country of exceptional biological diversity. From its lush vegetation to the unique animal species that dominates its wild.
There is no doubt that indeed Uganda has varied habitats that support a diversity of plant and animal life (MTTI, 1999). But the advent of uncheck poaching activity has proven to be a major threat to some of Uganda’s wildlife. The most affected species that have caught national and international attention include the African Elephants.

In March 2013, based on the findings of the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna And Flora (CITES) identified eight countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, China, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam) as the most heavily implicated in the illegal ivory trade chain as source, transit or destination countries.

According to CITES, in 2013 alone more than 20,000 Elephants were illegally killed across the African continent. It is therefore no surprise that the African elephant population is currently estimated at only 500,000 ; a figure that a number of institutions believe is too optimistic.

The number of elephants that are killed far exceeds the number of elephants being born.

WWF Uganda Country Office (UCO) encourages all relevant stakeholders to join hands with the government of Uganda to raise awareness on Illegal Wildlife Trade as well as secure commitments related to tackling the challenge of the illegal buying and selling of wildlife products in the country.

Clean Energy Champion District

WWF Uganda Country Office (WWF-UCO) is supporting the government of Uganda to increase access to clean energy alternatives through a district led approach dubbed the “Champion District Initiative”.
WWF Uganda Country Office (WWF-UCO) is supporting the government of Uganda to increase access to clean energy alternatives through a district led approach dubbed the “Champion District Initiative”.

The initiative is a pilot scheme where WWF is showcasing tools and approaches of how engaging with local stakeholders at district level is a preferred approach to increasing energy access for off grid communities in Uganda. This includes clean energy for cooking and lighting.

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