Actions speak louder than words, and in a world where our wild lands and wildlife are disappearing at an increasing rate, EWCO and our members are committed to ground action, regardless of the challenge.
Elgon Wildlife Conservation Organization -EWCO works to ensure the delicate balance between the environments; biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in communities around Uganda's protected areas . EWCO strives to promote conservation of biodiversity ( wild animals and wild habitats) through wildlife research and conservation, Community empowerment, Ant-poaching initiatives , Ranger training , Mitigating climate change , PHE $ WASH projects and an emphasis on creative solutions that promote people living in harmony with nature
Our organization intends to achieve conservation success through partnerships with government and non-government stakeholders
To promote sustainable conservation of Endangered Wildlife, Biodiversity, Ecosystems Health & Species genetic variation in protected areas of Uganda through research, community engagement, agroforestry and advocacy
Community Economic empowerment/Alternative Livelihoods
Elgon Wildlife Conservation Organisation works to promote economic empowerment and entrepreneurship skills for women, vulnerable children and youth in Front line communities bordering protected areas at household level in indigenous communities around protected areas through self-help projects, apprenticeship trainings and enterprise development & Vocational training.
Elgon Wildlife Conservation Organisation works to Promote support for research in aspects of Ecological monitoring, Conservation awareness & education, Climate Change mitigation in support of Information exchange related to local, national and global issues of biodiversity conservation and development..
Batwa are considered one of the most isolated minorities and marginalized people in the world.
In Uganda, they were forest dwellers till 1991 when they were evicted by Uganda Wildlife Authority from Bwindi, Mgahinga and Echuya forests to create National Parks.
They remained homeless and visiting one of the areas in Kisoro district where they are settled leaves one in tears. This later had their toll on their gradual embracing of education too. They knew nothing about education, health, clothing and the life outside the forest. Upon their eviction, they were treated as outcasts. The communities were so hostile and were discriminated against not only in the communities but also in schools. How are they surviving, owning to the fact that only 0.5% of their entire has secondary level education graduates .Elgon Wildlife Conservation Organization is running a community empowerement project for the Batwa to improve access to health services, Education through vocational training and Economic empowerement. Elgon Wildlife Conservation Organisation works to promote economic empowerment and entrepreneurship skills for Batwa women, vulnerable children and youth at household level in indigenous communities around protected areas through self-help projects, apprenticeship trainings and enterprise development & Vocation training
MITIGATING LANDSLIDES IN BUDUDA AND CLIMATE CHANGE
The occurrence of landslides and floods in East Africa has increased over the past decades with enormous Public Health implications and massive alterations in the lives of those affected. In Uganda, the Elgon region is reported to have the highest occurrence of landslides and floods making this area vulnerable. Elgon Wildlife conservation is working with partners to promote positive coping strategies used to deal with landslides and floods including adoption of good farming methods, support from government and other partners, livelihood diversification and using indigenous knowledge in weather forecasting and preparedness. Relocation was identified as unsustainable because people often returned back to high risk areas. The key underlying causes of vulnerability were; poverty, population pressure making people move to high risk areas, unsatisfactory knowledge on disaster preparedness and, cultural beliefs affecting people’s ability to cope.
Planting bamboos in potentially loose soil can serve to hold the earth in place with its dense and wide-spreading system of roots. This can limit erosion, particularly the large-scale sheet that can lead to fatalities and damage to properties. This is the only tree variety that is best suited to plant along river banks in order to mitigate landslides and climate change. WHY BAMBOO
Bamboo anchors the soil with its spreading root system thus preventing landslides. Aside from this, bamboo is used as barrier against soil erosion and other environmental services such as protection of water sources though reforestation of watersheds. Bamboo has many uses. It is a source of livelihood as it is used for construction of inexpensive homes that are also capable of withstanding natural threats, assembling furniture, scaffolding as well as posts in agriculture and aquaculture, weaving mats, making plywood and panels, flooring, among others. Otherwise, its shoots can be harvested for food.
Elgon Wildlife Conservation Organisation works to Promote support for research & Ecological monitoring, Conservation awareness & education, Climate Change mitigation, Information exchange related to local, national and global issues of conservation and development..
Our organization intends to achieve conservation success
To promote sustainable conservation of biodiversity, ecosystem species and genetic variation of Mount Elgon and other National Parks and Protected areas in Uganda through research, agro forestry and advocacy.
To promote economic empowerment and entrepreneurship skills for women, vulnerable children and youth at household level through self-help projects, apprenticeship trainings and enterprise development.
To promote gender education necessary for advancing gender equity and equality in all its forms.
To provide support for research, monitoring education and information exchange related to local, national and global issues of conservation and development.
To promote sustainable conservation of natural resources for the wellbeing of humanity and sustainable development.
To mitigate human-wildlife conflict and improve livelihoods of communities close to protected areas.
Dr James Watuwa(DVM, Msc.WHM-Wildlife Health and Management- (specialty Wildlife clinical medicine)
Founder and CEO
Dr. James Watuwa is a founder of Elgon Wildlife Conservation Organization -EWCO and serves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He is a wildlife veterinarian and Conservationist . He leads EWCO’s efforts to explore, document, and protect the Uganda’s most threatened species and habitats. Dr. James has vast experience in wildlife veterinary medicine and conservation .He holds a masters Certificate in Grant writing and designing Impact Based Conservation Projects from Tropical Biology Association (TBA 2018) and also a Masters Degree in Wildlife Health Management and Conservation of Makerere University Uganda .He is particularly focused on mammal conservation and priority setting for biodiversity conservation.
Mr Buyera Jude
Co Founder and Finance operations Manager
Mr. Buyeera Jude is a graduate of Bachelor of Business Administration Accounting Option offered by Makerere University Business School and a finalist student at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) completing his CPA (U) Course. As a student at Makerere University, he emerged as the best accounting student for the Academic Years 2012/2015 with CGPA 4.96/5:00 winning the ACCA best accounting student award from ACCA Uganda and best performing student award from his Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Business Administration. He has undertaken accountings roles, worked as an external auditor at Grant Thornton Uganda-CPAs where he left at the position of Assistant Audit Senior to join his current employer Brac Uganda Limited (NGO) as a Senior Internal Auditor. In the execution of his duties, Jude has been able to add advisory value his employer and clients on budget management and cost control, effective financial reporting, internal control improvements, risk management and governance among others. He therefore brings on board vast knowledge in accounting, audit, investigations, advisory, risk and compliance management and general administration of operations. There is no doubt that he will steer this organization to greater heights.
Dr Akello Oliver Okello
Dr Akello Oliver Okello holds a Bachelors of medicine and Bachelors of Surgery MBChB from Makerere University .She is an active member of Girl Up Uganda, Makerere University chapter an organization that aims at empowering and protecting the rights of a girl child.She works with partners to develop projects aimed at extending health services to indigenous communities around protected areas in Uganda .
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Dr SENTE CELSUS
Board Member and Lecturer
Dr. Celsus Sente holds a PhD in Wildlife Disease Epidemiology from Makerere University and is a passionate conservationist .He has headed various projects .This includes helping governments identify and establish protected areas and systems of governance, developing management strategies and plans, and building the capacity of staff and organisations to meet the complex challenge of being guardians of the Uganda's growing protected area network.
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Our Dedication is Excellent
We strive to provide complete care for wild animals. Learn more about all that makes us unique
Research is highly implemented in the core of our day to day activites so as to advance on our skill sets to carry out our duties.These include Cross species zoonotic diseases at Human-Wildlife-Livestock Interface, ecological studies of specific species, transboundary movements, migration corridors and human-animal conflicts, interactions between species, and climate change. Such studies are not science for the sake of science, but rather help pave the way for better informed conservation management decisions and thus the sustainability of Africa’s wildlife and wilderness areas.
DIDICATED AND PASSIONATE TEAM
Our team is of highly qualified officials , including a section of wildlife veterinary doctors, Conservation Biologists , Medical / Health specialists and a section for community conservationists
We Engage the Community in our activities so as they know the true value of animal conservation and protection from poachers
Due to our excellent services towards nature and environment conservation , we have been awarded numerous awards as a token of apprecitions
We employ modern skills in animal conservation such as animal tracking via satellite and bio-metric scanners
Our professional team is open to new suggestions, idea and better ways to enhance in their activities to better well serve our goals and missions
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Our organization intends to achieve conservation success through partnerships with government and non-government stakeholders
1. WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
Elgon Wildlife conservation organization-(EWCO) works to promote conservation of endangered wildlife with emphasis on the Great apes, Rhinos, Lions and other endangered wildlife throughout the entire home range while addressing all ecosystem issues that sustain co-existence of wildlife, humans, and livestock. Our goal is to Mainstream biodiversity conservation into development policies, plans and projects to deliver the co-benefits of biodiversity conservation, improved local livelihoods and economic development in communities where we work. READ MORE…
2. BAT RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION PROJECT
Bat populations appear to be declining presumably in response to human induced environmental stresses like habitat destruction and fragmentation, disturbance to caves, depletion of food resources, overhunting for bush meat and persecution, increased use of pesticides, infectious disease. As bats are among the most overlooked in spite of their economic and ecological importance, their conservation is mandatory. READ MORE….
3. HERPETOLOGY RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION PROGRAM
Herps refers to reptiles (snakes, lizards, tortoises, turtles and crocodiles) and amphibians (caecilians, toads and frogs).Elgon Wildlife Conservation Organisation works with conservation partners and volunteers who have special interest in reptiles and amphibians to promote generation of relevant information on the conservation of the amphibian and reptilian diversity in Uganda.
We are dedicated to the conservation of all reptiles and amphibian diversity in Uganda Our mission is to promote the conservation of the amphibian and reptiles and their natural ecosystems and implement positive change in human attitudes towards the amphibian and reptilian diversity in Uganda
Specifically, the program seeks to:
Build the knowledge base of reptiles and amphibians.
Promote the conservation of rare, threatened and restricted range species of reptiles and amphibians programmes.
Generate and provide information for monitoring and conservation of herps diversity and the habitats
Monitor the sites to show trends in herps diversity and abundance.
Carry out surveys to determine the diversity and status of herpes in Uganda.
Train members in the identification and survey techniques for herpes in Uganda.
CITIZEN SCIENCE PROGRAM
AMPHIBIAN AND REPTILIAN COUNTS IN UGANDA
The amphibian and reptilian count in Uganda is a Citizen Science Program to map and track the amphibian and reptilian diversity distributions across Uganda’s protected areas. We use volunteer-based surveys of the more widespread species from across Uganda to determine the conservation status of all of our amphibians and reptiles.
It is a chance for everyday “citizens” to be directly involved in amphibian and reptilian conservation. Participants will learn how to find and identify amphibian and reptilians (Snakes) to help scientists identify conservation concerns for the amphibian and reptilians .Everyone who participates in the amphibian and reptile (Snake ) Count does it for the joy of being outdoors and helping promote the conservation of our most unique amphibian and reptilian diversity in Uganda.
2. COMMUNITY CONSERVATION ACTION
With our mission always in mind, we work tirelessly promoting community-based conservation by empowering and providing land owners, homeowners and public servants tools to help with promote amphibian and reptile conservation in their communities. Thus creating healthier ecosystems and increased awareness of the issues amphibians , reptiles and other wildlife face in our rapidly developing world.
3. CONSERVATION EDUCATION OUTREACH
At Elgon Wildlife Conservation Organization we are dedicated to providing amphibian and reptile (snake) presentations, radio talks and other educational programs to the public and schools in communities where we work. These programs are the hallmark our initiative to change human perceptions about reptiles (snakes) and amphibians.
Our work helps dispel myths and provided up-close and personal experiences for people with live snakes and amphibians. We also take people on virtual field trips to find wild amphibian, snakes or share our captive, educational snakes.
4. HABITAT PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION
Elgon Wildlife Conservation Organization seeks out opportunities to leverage its conservation impact by identifying and protecting landscapes of high ecological integrity with high snake and frog species diversity. In partnership with Uganda Wildlife and Conservation Education Centre, Nature Uganda and other conservation organizations , we are seeking funds to establish a facility to expand our capacity to breed endangered amphibians and reptiles in Uganda
5. IN SITU AMPHIBIAN CONSERVATION
In view of the conditions of many natural areas in our world today it is obvious that an active approach to in situ conservation is needed. Most natural areas have been greatly influenced directly or indirectly by humans for tens, hundreds, or even thousands of years. Much of this historical human influence has resulted in damaging many of our more sensitive habitats.
Within the National parks and forest reserves the EWCO is actively conducting in situ conservation projects to increase the diversity and abundance of the flora and fauna native to Uganda.
Our Amphibian conservation project largely focuses on in situ work around designing and putting into practice several pioneering methods of amphibian conservation. Our amphibian in situ conservation projects are focused on species that exists within our Uganda’s forest reserves, or were historically present in the regions. The in situ amphibian projects range from creating artificial breeding sites in favorable habitats specific to the target taxa, rehabilitating natural breeding sites that were damaged by prior human activity, or simply enhancing breeding sites in “healthy” habitats to increase breeding potential.
We need to do all that we can to preserve the known remaining Uganda populations of this beautiful and extremely rare species, and rest assured at Elgon Wildlife Conservation Organization we will continue to work hard so that the metapopulations within the forest Reserves continue to thrive and expand!!!
General in situ Conservation Through Habitat Creation and Rehabilitation
At Elgon Wildlife Conservation Organization we are actively involved in trying to restore or improve certain parts of our reserves, and in doing so increase the vigor of the flora and fauna found within. Our in situ conservation activities include planting native plant and tree species to increase species and genetic diversity, which is vital for long term survival; recovering or increasing the abundance of certain tree and herbaceous plant species that are an important natural food source for animals in the area; rehabilitating key terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems that have been damaged by human activity prior to being a biological reserve; creating terrestrial and aquatic habitats that have become rare or were naturally rare due to specifics; eliminating non-native invasive species; reforesting severely damaged areas such as pasture or other historically mono-specific agricultural zones
These photos show an experiment involving the creation of artificial reproductive habitat for amphibian species that normally utilizes water-filled cavities in fallen or standing trees for reproduction. Their highly specialized reproductive mode targets a very limited reproductive resource in natural conditions. Our goal was to create reproductive habitat in hopes to increase the vigor of native populations of endangered amphibians in the National Parks and forest reserves
REPTILE (SNAKE ) CONSERVATION PROGRAM
4. VETERINARY CENTER FOR ANIMAL WELFARE AND PUBLIC HEALTH UGANDA
The interaction of humans or livestock with wildlife exposes them to sylvatic disease cycles and the risk of spillover of potential pathogens. Livestock may become intermediate or amplifier hosts in which pathogens can evolve and spill over into humans, or humans can be infected directly from wildlife or vectors. Human behavioral changes, driven by increasing population, economic and technological development, and the associated spatial expansion of agriculture, are creating novel as well as more intensive interactions between humans, livestock, and wildlife. These changes have been implicated as drivers of some recent emerging disease events that had important impacts on human livelihoods and health. READ MORE….
Elgon Wildlife Conservation Gallery
Below are just a few of the many furry creatures we have had the pleasure of Conserving .