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Can health investments benefit conservation?

A Village Health and Conservation Team volunteer at Bwindi gives a group talk to her community (Photo: CTPH)

Project Overview:

Uganda PCLG member, Conservation Through Public Health  has undertaken a programme of primary health care and conservation education around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for the last eight years. Their approach has benefited local people including improving access to family planning. As a result of their efforts, the CTPH team have seen more support for conservation, but the evidence is largely anecdotal and the link between health care provision and support for conservation has not been proven.

This project seeks to understand the value of health interventions as part of an integrated approach to tackling poverty and improving conservation outcomes.

The project team will evaluate the effectiveness of CTPH's programmes, explore the evidence for relationships between health improvements and conservation outcomes, and use the evidence to improve and roll out the approach to other great ape protected areas within Uganda (i.e. Budongo Forest and Mount Elgon National Park).

This project started in 2016 and ends in 2019. For more information visit Conservation Through Public Health


Are health investments paying off for endangered wildlife? F Booker, G Kalema Zikusoka (2017) IIED Blog.

Project Partners:

  • Conservation Through Public Health, Uganda
  • Uganda Wildlife Authority
  • Jane Goodall Institute, Uganda
  • Interdisiplinary Centre for Conservation Science, University of Oxford
  • International Institute for Environment and Development, London


This project is funded by the Darwin Initiative - Can health investments benefit conservation and sustainable development? - with co-funding from UK aid. However, the views expressed herewith do not necessarily reflect the views of the UK Government.

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