Title:Socio-economic assessment of traditional uses and population trends of indigenous plants in Eastern Uganda (January - February 2012)

  • Description:This study was our first step for nature conservation in the park-lands and pasture lands of Eastern Uganda and surrounding. This project documented the types and status of indigenous plants traditionally used by people as sources food, medicines, fuel wood and other socioeconomic values in the Districts of Katakwi, Amuria, and Bukedea. This approach is pertinent to this region because of profusion of such plants. Conservation action is urgently needed for this region because of poor protected area coverage. Clearing of marginal sites for cropping and wood over exploitation particularly for commercial charcoal production are some of the main threats to the biodiversity of this region.

  • Status:Report completion awaiting finalization of plant identification


    Title:Land use change in Uganda’s drylands, impacts, and opportunities for enhancing livelihood sustainability(March – May 2012 )

  • Description:This project reviewed information from studies conducted in Uganda’s drylands, a strip of relatively dry country running from southwestern to the northeastern Uganda. This study synthetized challenges and opportunities for conservation of biodiversity outside protected areas within the landscape. The report was shared a case study submitted to the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative. Results will serve as a foundation for our activities in Drylands.

  • Status:Completed


    Title: Status assessment and habituation of the mangabey Lophocebus ugandae in forests of central Uganda(May-August 2013)Funders: Primate Conservation Inc.

  • Description:This study assessed the status of the grey cheeked mangabey (Lophocebus ugandae), the only Ugandan primate whose distribution status approaches to endemic / near endemic, and initiated habituation of two groups in Mabira Central Forest Reserve for tourist viewing. The goal was to generate information for evaluation of the status of the species and contribute to strengthening of the conservation of Mabira Forest. Assessments were conducted in the South Busoga and Bukaleba forests in Busoga, Kikonda (Budzi) forest in Bunyoro, and in several small forests within Bunyoro and Toro.

  • Status:Completed


    Title: Assessment of the status of the Mangabey Lophocebus ugandae in Ugandan forests and Habituation of a group in Mabira Forest for Tourism(September – November 2013)Funders: Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund

  • Description:This study continued the May-August 2013 study of the species and extended habituation of the two groups in Mabira Central Forest Reserve for months. Status assessment were expanded to the Virimiti forests Mukono and Buikwe Districts; Lwamunda, Butobuvuma, Mpanga, Luwafu forests in Wakiso and Mpigi Districts; Nabugabo Forest Reserve in Masaka District; and Sango Bay Forests in Rakai District.

  • Status:Completed


    Title: Mapping Threats to Grey Crowned Cranes in Eastern Uganda (April – September 2014)Funders: North Carolina Zoo through the International Crane Foundation / Endangered Wildlife Partnership.
    Partners: Implemented with collaboration of the Ministry of Water and Environment

  • Description: This study built upon an earlier one1 that surveyed breeding and distribution of the Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum gibbericeps) throughout Uganda. Like most of the other crane, grey crowned cranes depend on wetlands for breeding. Eastern Uganda probably has the most extensive wetland estate in the country but little had been documented on occurrence and threats to cranes in the region. The study covered Lakes Bisina and Opeta, Awoja, Namatala, Manafwa, Doho, Malaba, Kibimba, and Mpologoma wetlands.
    Olupot, W., H. Mugabe, and A.J. Plumptre.2009. Species conservation on human-dominated landscapes: the case of crowned-crane breeding and distribution outside protected areas in Uganda. African Journal of Ecology. 48:119-125.

  • Status:Completed


    Title: Experimenting on production of high value market products from indigenous wild fruits(December 2013-August 2015)Funders: Satoyama Development Mechanism, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan
    Collaborators: Natural Chemotherapeutics Research Institute, Ministry of Health, Kampala

  • Description:This study is the first stage of a projected multi-stage effort to support conservation wild plants outside protected areas in Uganda’s drylands. Edible native wild fruit belonging to 11 taxa were collected from Katakwi and Amuria Districts of Eastern Uganda and analysed at the Natural Chemotherapeutics Research Institute, Ministry of Health in Kampala. Nutritional evaluations were analyzed and production of high value market products experimented.

  • Status:Completed


    Title: Strengthening the conservation of Mabira Central Forest Reserve (April 2015 – March 2018)Funders: The MacArthur Foundation
    Collaborators: The National Forestry Authority

  • Description:This project is building on the work earlier conducted by Nature and Livelihoods in this forest. It is aimed at documenting and showcasing tourism attractions, support local communities’ forest-friendly enterprises, and promote environmental education in local schools.

  • Status:Ongoing