The Uganda Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (U-PCLG) was established in 2011 and is convened by Nature Uganda.
U-PCLG has benefited from support provided by the Arcus Foundation. U-PCLG members are currently engaging with the Ugandan Ministry of Gender and Social Development who have set up a working group tasked with a establishing a road map and action plan to address the concerns of the Batwa people living around the National Parks of Bwindi, Mgahinga and Semliki in south west Uganda. Three members of U-PCLG sit on the government’s working group to provide technical assistance, particularly on the interlink between marginalisation of the Batwa people and conservation policies and practice.
U-PCLG has additionally been involved in a number of other projects with IIED and partners. For example, U-PCLG have supported research to:
understand the links between healthcare improvement and conservation around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park;
investigate the interactions between wildlife crime, biodiversity and poverty in Uganda; and
explore the relationship between great ape conservation and poverty alleviation in Uganda.
U-PCLG aims to use research to inform national policy in Uganda. Between 2013 and 2016 members of U-PCLG played a central role in the project ‘Building Capacity for Conservation through Poverty Alleviation at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park’. This was the first major undertaking for U-PCLG, and members played a vital role in influencing the Uganda Wildlife Authority’s decision to increase the community share of the mountain gorilla tourist permit fee from US $5 to US $10 per permit in 2014. For more about this project see, Influencing policy change in Uganda: An impact evaluation of the Uganda Poverty and Conservation Learning Group's work.
Uganda PCLG periodically publishes workshop reports, discussion papers and policy briefs. These can be viewed at PCLG Publications.
Uganda PCLG has also produced other resources including radio shows, posters and bibliographies:
Uganda Revenue Sharing posters - August 2015
Imagine Bwindi - March 2015
Uganda PCLG Radio Talk shows - December 2014
U-PCLG Great Apes bibliography - January 2006