Conservation challenges in Uganda include deforestation, lack of alternative fuel sources, and expanded oil exploration in the unique Albertine Rift Valley. USAID aims to reduce threats to natural resources and biodiversity in ecologically sensitive areas in the country. USAID emphasizes building the capacity of Ugandan institutions (such as the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the National Forestry Authority, and the National Environmental Authority) to tackle these issues.
USAID is working closely with its Ugandan partners and the private sector to help reduce the potential threats of oil and illegal resource extraction to biodiversity conservation. USAID programs also focus on conserving biodiversity through ecotourism and enlisting a broad range of stakeholders in conservation efforts. As a result of USAID’s work, Uganda’s area of biological significance has increased through improved conditions of wetlands, watersheds, forests and national park lands. Conserving these resources is essential for sustaining growth in both the tourism and agriculture sectors.
Last updated: January 03, 2014