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Welcome to WCS Uganda Website

Conservation in Uganda

Uganda is one of the richest countries in Africa for biodiversity conservation, ranking second richest for mammals (and 13th in the World), second for birds, and seventh for higher plants. This is because several major Biomes meet here, each with their associated fauna and flora. Uganda is also home to several species whose global range is mostly confined to Uganda, such as mountain gorillas, Rothschild giraffe, Uganda mangabey, and Nahan’s francolin. Several wetland areas are also protected under Uganda law and managed by Wetlands Division of the Ministry of Environment.with low population sizes or are declining in number. In order to do this we have to address many challenges that include poaching of wildlife,habitat loss to agriculture,  competing land uses and the recent oil developments in the country.This web site summarises what WCS Uganda is achieving with its partners and some of the key needs for conservation in this amazingly beautiful country.

WCS in Uganda

WCS has been supporting conservation in Uganda since 1957 and we have supported conservation projects almost every year since this time, making WCS the oldest organization supporting conservation in Uganda.
Much of our support has been to Ugandan scientists for conservation research.We supported conservation of Kibale Forest for many years during the insecurity of the 1970s and 1980s and established the Makerere University Biological Field Station in that forest. Our knowledge about the biodiversity of that forest and surveys we funded of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest led to the creation of both areas as National Parks in the early 1990s.

Our current focus in Uganda is on three key landscapes which are critical for conservation: Greater Virunga Landscape, Murchison-Semliki Landscape and the Kidepo Landscape. We also focus on several large mammal and bird species because these are species that are threatened with low population sizes or are declining in number. In order to do this we have  to address many challenges that include poaching of wildlife,habitat loss to agriculture,  competing land uses and the recent oil developments in the country. This   web  site summarises  what  WCS Uganda is achieving with its partners and some of the key needs for conservation in this amazingly beautiful country.



In the news

October 23, 2018

WCS equips members of the civil society coalition for oil with skills to monitor impacts on protected areas and communities to ensure No Net Loss

Oil and gas exploration and production activities in the Albertine region set to begin in 2020 are expected to have major direct, indirect and cumulative impacts on protected areas and surrounding communities [...]

September 14, 2018

Greening the Design and Development of Infrastructure in Uganda

The current approach to the design and development of infrastructure in Uganda, prioritizes economic benefits at the cost of the environment and ecosystem services, and social well-being. The current approach is characterized by ecosystems and biodiversity destruction; human and community displacements; invasion of fragile [...] 

September 5, 2018

Stakeholders meet to tackle dire state of lion numbers in QENP and the increasing threats from Humans

The rapid decline of Lion numbers in both the Southern and Northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) has prompted stakeholders to take firm action in order to reverse the declining trend.
Previously estimated at 140-160 in 2013 by WCS [...]

July 23, 2018

Strengthening the Capacity of Institutions to Design and Implement the Mitigation Hierarchy as a Planning and Management Tool for Biodiversity Conservation

Over 50 stakeholders have been equipped with skills to design and implement the mitigation hierarchy as a planning and management tool for biodiversity conservation [...]