Conserving Uganda's rich biodiversity for people and nature
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.
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