Pro-Biodiversity Conservationists in Uganda (PROBICOU)
PROBICOU is a non-profit, nongovernmental organisation. It was established in 1999 and registered in November 2000 under the Non-governmental organisation’s 1998 registration statute. It was then incorporated as a public limited company (PLC) on 14th December 2007, under the Companies Act Law of Uganda. PROBICOU’s mission is to conserve biodiversity by promoting sustainable development through shared responsibility and networking. The organisation has three program areas: biodiversity conservation and resource extraction, chemical and waste management, and energy and climate change. PROBICOU implements its activities through raising awareness, advocacy, research, and demonstration projects that promote the most effective environment practices. To effectively implement its projects, PROBICOU works with local communities, governments, organisations, and NGOs. PROBICOU’s headquarters are based in Kampala, and have branches in the greater Mbale, Albertine Graben, Kigezi regions.
The organisation is accredited by Global Environment Facility (GEF) and is a partner to UNEP on a number of Global Mercury Partnership areas, such as mercury waste and mercury found in products. PROBICOU is currently the NGO focal point for Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) in Uganda, a member of National Steering committee on POPs in Uganda, and a member of National Steering committee on Elimination of child Labour.
PROBICOU is currently the host institution for a number of partnerships; Coalitions on Environment and Climate Change in Uganda (CECCU), Publish What You Pay Uganda (PWYP-U) and Farmers Union of Uganda (FUU). The organisation subscribes to a number of international networks such as: International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), Zero mercury Working Group, PCIA (Partnership for Clean indoor Air), GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives), PCLG (Poverty and Conservation Learning Group), Health Care without Harm Washington DC, Uganda Forestry Working Group, Member of National Steering committee on POPs in Uganda, Member of Network of Sound Management of Chemicals (NESMAC- Uganda), and Civil Society Coalition on Oil and Gas (CISCO).
1. Planting of indigenous trees on both public and private land.
2. Advocating for environmental sustainability in energy sector of Uganda with emphasis on balancing poverty reduction and nature conservation, on the ongoing oil exploitation project, in western Uganda.
3. Promotion of organic farming in poor communities.
4. Promotion of rights of indigenous societies around protected areas to improve their livelihood.
5. Research on biodiversity, development and climate change.
6. Capacity building in biodiversity conservation.
7. Incentive for conservation and awareness raising on the impact of gorilla conservation for the local communities around Bwindi.