About Uganda PCLG

Conservation seen from the Batwa perspective; Arthur Mugisha, 2015
Conservation seen from the Batwa perspective; Arthur Mugisha, 2015

Uganda is a country rich in biodiversity, however human-wildlife conflict, resource dependency and population growth are placing huge pressure on its natural resources, including its national parks which are home to the critically endangered mountain gorilla. 

In response to this, the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG) established its first national group, the Uganda Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (U-PCLG) in 2011, to bring together Ugandan conservation and development practitioners to share their experiences and to work together to better inform policy and practice.

Whilst working towards the broader aims of the PCLG, the team is:

  • Generating and sharing information and resources on the linkages between poverty and conservation in Uganda;
  • Building awareness of approaches to address great ape-human conflict through the use of innovative communication activities;
  • Conducting ad hoc policy advocacy activities, based on the results of the research carried out by group members.

U-PCLG is convened by the Jane Goodall Institute –Uganda and has a particular interest in great ape conservation. Join us and become a member.


Can health investments benefit conservation?

Uganda PCLG member, Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) has undertaken a programme of primary health care and conservation education around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for the last eight years. The approach has seen benefits for local people including improved access to family planning. But how effective are health investments for achieving conservation outcomes? This project seeks to understand the value of health interventions as part of an integrated approach to tackling poverty and improving conservation.

This project started in 2016 and continues to 2019.

Building capacity for pro-poor responses to wildlife crime in Uganda

This project intends to gather empirical evidence that improves understanding of the interactions between wildlife crime and poverty in Uganda. The ultimate project goal is to ensure policy makers have the tools and capacity to understand the interactions between wildlife crime, biodiversity and poverty so they are more able to target interventions that are pro-poor and accrue long-term benefits for rural communities. U-PCLG are playing a key role in disseminating the project's findings and leading related advocacy responses.  

This project started in 2014 and continues to 2017.

Great ape conservation and poverty reduction [Finished]

Uganda PCLG was a beneficiary of wider support provided to the PCLG by the Arcus Foundation. Under this grant, U-PCLG, among other things, strengthened its relationships with development organisations, private sector, parliamentarians and other institutions that influence investment decisions in great ape ranges.

This project started in April 2013 and ran to December 2015.

Research to Policy: Building Capacity for Conservation through Poverty Alleviation [Finished]

Using Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as a case study, U-PCLG members were involved in a project to explore the current limitations of integrated conservation and development (ICD) programmes and to suggest improvements. The project also included a capacity development component to help Uganda PCLG members to better inform conservation and development policy and practice.

This Darwin Initiative-funded project started in 2012 and ran until April 2015. 


For more information about U-PCLG (including how to join for those based in Uganda), please contact the group’s coordinator, Dr Panta Kasoma (panta@janegoodallug.org), or the assistant coordinator Hellena Nambogwe (hnambogwe@gmail.com).


Three of the above listed projects have received UK Government funding through the Darwin Initiative and the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) Challenge Fund. However, the views expressed herewith do not necessarily reflect the views of the UK Government.

The Uganda-PCLG's thematic work on great apes and poverty reduction has been funded by the Arcus Foundation and by UK aid from the UK Government. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the UK Government or of the Arcus Foundation.

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