Strengthening Sustainable Environment and Natural Resource Management, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Uganda (SENRMCAM) is a project funded by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by World Wide Fund for Nature, Uganda Country Office (WWF UCO) on behalf of the Government of Uganda. The project aims to strengthen the efforts and capacities of Local Governments, Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) and communities to sustainably manage and utilize natural resources and build climate change resilient societies.

The project has four key outputs:

i)                   Biodiversity conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems demonstrated.

ii)                Sustainable Land Management practices identified and replicated.

iii)                Efficient utilization of biomass energy, promotion of renewable energy technologies and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

iv)                Climate Change resilience promoted.

This project is implemented in collaboration with responsible parties drawn from various ministries, local government and CSOs. The project partners include the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD), Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Ministry of Local Government (MoLG), and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Call for Project Proposals

As one of the ways to accelerate the implementation of the project and build capacity of the civil society, the project is inviting proposals from NGOs and CBOs in the districts of  Arua, Nebbi, Nwoya, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo, Buliisa, Rakai, Buhweju, Bushenyi, Mbarara, Kiruhura, Kamuli, Nakasongola, Kabale, Kanungu, Kisoro, Soroti, Busia, Kiboga, Luwero, Jinja, Sembabule, Lwengo, Kalungu, Kasese, Mitooma, Rubirizi, Abim, Bududa, Mbale, Moroto, Kotido, Isingiro, Masindi, Masaka,Wakiso and Manafwa to benefit from its small grants scheme.

 The proposed projects may cover but are not limited to the following focal areas:

  1. Sustainable land management
  2. Biodiversity conservation and restoration on private/communal lands
  3. Livelihood improvement enterprises
  4. Renewable energy technologies
  5. Climate change adaptation and mitigation

How to apply

Interested applicants are advised to pick a project proposal template from the WWF UCO Offices at the address below or from Natural Resource offices of the districts mentioned above.

Proposals in hard copy only must be submitted to the address below by 30th January, 2014, not later than 4.00pm.  

The Project Manager


WWF Uganda Country Office

P. O. Box 8758, Kampala

Plot 2 Sturrock Road, Kololo

Tel: 0414 540 064



Small Grants Program Takes Off

Small Grants embody the essence of sustainable development by
“thinking globally acting locally”. By providing financial and technical
support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while
enhancing people’s well-being and livelihoods, a Small Grants Program
(SGP) demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance
between human needs and environmental imperatives.

SGP’s primary stakeholders are the poor and vulnerable communities that
are most at risk because they depend on access to natural resources for
their livelihoods and often live in fragile ecosystems.
The SENRMCAM Project, supported by UNDP and being implemented by
WWF, is managing a small grants scheme. Close to a billion shillings will
be directly given to community based organizations (CBOs) in the districts
of Moroto, Rubirizi, Isingiro, Kasese, Mitooma, Masindi, Abim, Manafwa,
Bududa and Wakiso.


The organisations are engaged in several activities including apiary and
tourism promotion, renewable energy, climate change resilience innovation
and sustainable forest management.

The CBOs went through a competitive process. From a total of 224
proposals received, only 36 emerged finalists. The selected groups have
been equipped with the necessary technical skills to help them manage
their proposed projects successfully.

This is the first phase of the small grants program under this project. A
second phase will be rolled out in 2014 during which other CBOs will be
invited to apply for funding.

Oil exploration threatens Africa’s billion dollar World Heritage Site

Africa’s oldest national park could be worth US$1.1 billion per year if developed sustainably, rather than being given over to potentially-damaging oil extraction, a report released by WWF on August 1st, 2 found.

Virunga National Park has the potential to generate 45,000 permanent jobs through investments in hydropower, the fishery industry and ecotourism, according to analysis conducted by Dalberg Global Development Advisors, an independent consulting firm.

The Economic Value of Virunga National Park says exploitation of oil concessions, which have been allocated across 85 per cent of the World Heritage property, could bring pollution, cause instability and cost people their jobs.
“Virunga represents a valuable asset to Democratic Republic of the Congo and contributes to Africa’s heritage as the oldest and most biodiverse park on the continent,” the report says. “Plans to explore for oil and exploit oil reserves put Virunga’s value at risk.”

More details can be found at

Virunga Ad

WWF Praises President Obama For Major Pledge During Africa Visit To Tackle Illegal Wildlife Trade

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) today praised President Barack Obama for announcing major new steps to help combat wildlife trafficking and the global crime syndicates that are driving the illicit trade, including the development of a Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking and $10 million in critical new support for regional and bilateral training and technical assistance in Africa to combat wildlife trafficking.



During a state visit to Tanzania on Monday, President Obama said “poaching and trafficking is threatening Africa’s wildlife.” The Executive order outlined that poaching operations have expanded beyond small-scale, opportunistic actions to coordinated slaughter commissioned by armed and organized criminal syndicates. The survival of protected wildlife species such as elephants, rhinos, and other critical species has beneficial economic, social and environmental impacts that are important to all nations, according to the White House.


President Obama announced significant new efforts by the U.S. government to fight the problem, including the creation of a high-level interagency task force – a Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking – led by Interior, State, and Justice Department leadership, as well the establishment of an external Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking. President Obama directed the task force to develop a national strategy within six months to fight wildlife trafficking and to consider how the U.S. transnational organized crime strategy can be used to combat the issue, as it does other serious crimes like human trafficking and arms trafficking. The focus of the task force will be on anti-poaching, regional law enforcement, law enforcement mechanisms, and reducing illicit trade and demand. The president also noted that the challenge does not reside within Africa alone, that the U.S. must “seek to reduce the demand for illegally traded wildlife, both at home and abroad, while allowing legal and legitimate commerce involving wildlife.”


“The planet’s most majestic species are being massacred for nothing nobler than vacation trinkets, hangover remedies and false promises of miracle cancer cures,” said Carter Roberts, President and CEO of WWF. “These syndicates are robbing Africa of its wealth. President Obama’s commitment to help stop the global crime wave that is emptying the continent’s forests and savannas is welcome news. It gives a critical boost for everyone involved in fighting wildlife trafficking – from rangers on the ground to local conservation groups to decision-makers around the globe. The future of our wild world rests in our hands, and now we must move with all due speed to make sure elephants, rhinos and other extraordinary creatures don’t disappear forever.”


Countries like Tanzania and other African countries are losing their natural resources – and the lives of rangers and law enforcement personnel – on a scale that requires international intervention. The United Nations has formally recognized that money from trafficking in ivory is funding groups in Africa linked to terrorist organizations, and both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and current Secretary of State John Kerry have identified the issue as a priority, given the poaching crisis in Africa. The president of the African Development Bank, the UK Government and the prime minister of Thailand have all made strong commitments to fight wildlife trafficking in the past year as well.  


As part of a global campaign to promote international solutions to stop wildlife trafficking, WWF is calling on all governments – and particularly those of demand countries such as China, Vietnam, Thailand and the United States – to strengthen their response to the issue and clamp down on illicit trading networks.


WWF calls for major investment in clean and renewable energy with launch of new global campaign

With a global call to action urging governments and financial institutions worldwide to increase investment in renewable energy to at least US$40 billion over the next 12 months, WWF today launched its new international campaign under the slogan Seize Your Power.

“We are running out of time. We know that if we continue to rely on fossil fuels we will face a future of worsening air pollution and an increasingly inhospitable climate. It is now our collective responsibility to commit to the future we want. We call on political and financial decision-makers to seize their power to make the switch to clean and sustainable renewable energy and end the inertia of coal, oil and gas,” said Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International.

The launch of the WWF Seize Your Power campaign on World Environment Day witnessed a sweep of local and global, online public actions to signal the start of the campaign. The action centred on signing a pledge that enables supporters to call for increased investments in renewable energy and the phasing out of investments in coal, oil and gas.

The pledge, which can be found on, calls on financial institutions and governments worldwide to act immediately, by making stronger commitments to increased financing for renewable technologies and policies and to directly invest more money in sustainable energy powered by wind, water and sun.

From today, WWF will campaign to seek major public commitments from governments and international financial institutions to make new investments of a total of US$40 billion in the renewable energy sector. The public campaign will feature in more than 20 countries, where WWF is targeting public finance, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. By establishing a business case for moving new money into renewable energy, the campaign will show the environmental, social and economic risks of the dependence on dirty energy such as coal, oil and gas.

“The energy markets’ driving forces include speculation, institutional inertia, lack of accurate information, perverse incentives but also huge economic and political interests. It’s time to reframe the debate and expose the real costs of fossil fuels and the real opportunity of the renewable energy sector. The call to action we’re launching today is an invitation to every decision maker to invest in the future we want – one that is powered by clean, renewable and sustainable energy,” said Samantha Smith, Leader of the Global Climate and Energy Initiative of WWF-International.

While US$40 billion is only the start of the amounts that are needed, WWF believes that these new investments are an essential turning point in shifting money from risky fossil fuels into clean and renewable energy.

 If the rise in CO2 levels year after year continues while we ignore science, it will only mean drastic consequences in years to come.

“We need to act and invest money now in clean, renewable energy to limit dangerous climate change, to reduce the risks to human health from dirty fossil fuels, to fast-track access to energy, and to safeguard our collective future,” Smith ended.

Media contacts:

Michael Storey: / +41 (0)79 330 7162 / WWF International, Media Officer for latest news and media resources

Project hands over biogas and beehives

A biogas unit worth 40 million shillings was recently handed over to Karambi Secondary School, Kasese. This was made possible with funding from UNDP and technical support from WWF through the project, Strengthening Sustainable Environment Natural Resource Management Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Uganda.
The district LC 5 Chairman Kasese (in red shirt) and other guests at the biogas plant site at Karambi Secondary School

The district LC 5 Chairman Kasese (in red shirt) and other guests at the biogas plant site at Karambi Secondary School

The project that is also supporting beekeeping enterprises in Rubirizi and Kasese districts handed over beehives to two Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Buzenga Environmental Conservation Association (BUECA) and Mubuku Integrated Farmers Association (MIFA) Beekeeping is a suitable intervention because it helps in pollinating plants hence boosting crop production, supplementing diet and income generation. These initiatives can both potentially help reduce the effects of climate change. The handover was held at Karambi Secondary School on March 26th, 2013.

“This project [biogas] will go a long way in saving the school from cutting part of the school forest for firewood. It will also greatly relieve the school of enormous expenditure on firewood,” said the Karambi headmaster, Mr. Abenawe Constantine.

The Chairman LC 5, Kasese, called the biogas “a revolution” adding that climate change “is another world war” that should be taken seriously. He said such clean energy interventions need to be integrated at the local level. “As a district we will continue to work with development partners because we have the interest,” he said. He called on the school to maintain the biogas unit well and asked the beehives beneficiaries to use them well. “More support will come from the success you demonstrate now.”

The biogas unit is situated behind the school’s pit latrines. The biogas will be derived from human waste and cow dung

The biogas unit is situated behind the school’s pit latrines. The biogas will be derived from human waste and cow dung

The project manager, Mr. Gerald Kairu, said biogas is cheaper and reduces deforestation in an important ecosystem zone like Kasese. Kairu said that the biogas minimizes health problems related to smoke and the biogas manure – the by-product obtained from the biogas plant after the digestion of biomas – can increase crop production. He said the gas from human waste has no odours and cooks as well as any other cooking gas.

Kasese is a WWF champion district for clean energy and is promoting the use of solar energy, biogas and improved cook stoves.


In Rubirizi, Buzenga Environmental Conservation Association (BUECA) was the beneficiary of 65 beehives and protective gear. In Kasese it was Mubuku Integrated Farmers Association (MIFA).

“Without our work, the Kasyoha-Kitomi forest would be degraded,” said the BUECA chairperson, Mr. Wilson Turyahikayo. Members of BUECA have been engaged in beekeeping for a while and the association has 150 beehives.

The Chairman LC 5 Rubirizi District hands over a bee smoker to the chairperson of BUECA. Looking on is the Conservation Manager and Project Manager.

The Chairman LC 5 Rubirizi District hands over a bee smoker to the chairperson of BUECA. Looking on is the Conservation Manager and Project Manager.

Before they got the support, BUECA only had one pair of protective gear. BUECA members are also involved in piggery, goat rearing, tree planting for carbon management and have planted indigenous trees with support from Eco-Trust. The group also manages a nursery bed.

“We would wish for support in agro-forestry, conservation of lake shores and other conservation activities.” Turyahikayo requested for metallic stands which keep the beehives in place and prevents them from falling. He pledged that they would look after the beehives well. BUECA got a site for the beehives from the National Forestry Authority (NFA) at Nyamushekye. “We are grateful to NFA because we didn’t have a place to put the beehives.” The NFA Kasyoha-Kitoma sector manager said bee-keeping supplements the vision of NFA to sustainably manage forest reserves.

The members were advised to have a good structure through which to share the benefits when they start harvesting the honey. “Ensure that the beehives are well maintained or they will be invaded by rodents,” one veteran beekeeper advised.

Beekeeping is environmental friendly, easy to do alongside other farming activities and can significantly minimize forest degradation as an alternative source of livelihood. “The plan is to support the whole value chain,” said Mr. Kairu, “and soon the project will be linking honey farmers to the markets.”

The WWF-UCO Conservation Manager, Mr. Thomas Otim, said the beehives were a pilot demonstration from which other groups should learn. He stressed the importance of producing quality honey and good packaging. “Financial management is important and you should be able to expand by yourselves.”

UN chief takes poaching concerns to Security Council

May 29, 2013

The United Nations Security Council today will be briefed on the severe and escalating threat to peace and security posed by Central Africa’s heavily-armed elephant poaching gangs.

In a report to the world’s highest international security body, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, “Poaching and its potential linkages to other criminal, even terrorist, activities constitute a grave menace to sustainable peace and security in Central Africa.”
The Secretary-General’s report highlights increasing links between elephant poaching, weapons proliferation and regional insecurity. “Illegal ivory trade may currently constitute an important source of funding for armed groups,” the report says. “Also of concern is that poachers are using more and more sophisticated and powerful weapons, some of which, it is believed, might be originating from the fallout in Libya.”

“The spread of cross-border poaching in Central Africa and its links to sophisticated armed groups is alarming. We have seen the devastating impact of this crime in too many countries,” said WWF International Director General Jim Leape. “I echo Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s deep concern for the security of the region.”

The report references a steep decline in Central African elephant populations over the past decade and observes that multiple mass slaughters of the animals have been reported in protected areas in recent months. Poachers seeking ivory are believed to be responsible for elephant massacres in Chad, Cameroon, Gabon and Central African Republic.

Mba Ndong Marius, an Eco Guard from Oyem hold seized Ivory tusks.  © WWF-Canon / James Morgan

Mba Ndong Marius, an Eco Guard from Oyem hold seized Ivory tusks.
© WWF-Canon / James Morgan

“The situation has become so serious,” Ban writes, that national military responses have become necessary “to hunt down poachers”. The Secretary-General urges Central African governments to respond to the major national and regional security concerns posed by poaching through “concerted and coordinated action.”

Leape said: “To ensure peace, security and prosperity in Central Africa, efforts must be taken at the highest level to combat wildlife trafficking. I urge the governments of Central Africa to strengthen enforcement and criminal justice responses to wildlife crime and to address the linkages between it and other international crimes.”

Contact: Alona Rivord

African Development Bank meeting to explore wildlife crime impacts and solutions

May 25, 2013

During its annual meetings next week, the African Development Bank will host a panel discussion on the threat posed by illicit wildlife trafficking to sustainable economic development in the continent.

African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka and WWF Director General Jim Leape will participate in a panel on wildlife crime at this year's annual meeting.  © WWF International

African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka and WWF Director General Jim Leape will participate in a panel on wildlife crime at this year’s annual meeting.
© WWF International

Bank President Donald Kaberuka, Gabon President Ali Bongo and WWF International Director General Jim Leape will discuss the wide-reaching impacts of illegal wildlife trade, which has evolved recently into a sophisticated transnational criminal activity worth billions of dollars each year.

The event is scheduled to take place at the Marrakesh gathering on Thursday, 30 May, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore with panelists actions including increased law enforcement, greater customs controls, and strengthened criminal justice.

Africa’s elephants and rhinos are under record assault in formerly secure protected areas, which are vital to many countries’ economies. Demand for ivory and rhino horn has increased significantly over the past few years in step with the growth of economies of Asia, which is the primary consumer destination for the illegal products.

Contact: Gemma Parkes

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