Current Projects

The (Build) Project

The project is implemented by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) in partnership with the Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF). The Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) is a US based non-profit organization that uses economics and strategic thinking to help conserve natural ecosystems around the globe. The program which is a 3 year project will support the on-going efforts to develop the Oil and Gas resources and NEMA by engaging the different government agencies, developers and stakeholders to create systemic conditions for infrastructure development. The program is designed to impact biodiversity conservation in the Albertine Rift to improve selection, design and mitigation of key infrastructural projects, build analytical capacity, technical knowledge and better policies, which together will determine the scale of biodiversity and social impacts of infrastructure decisions Read more

Clearing House Mechanism (CHM)

NEMA on behalf of the government of Uganda received financial support from Global Environmental Facility(GEF) through United Nations Environment Program(UNEP) for the development of a National clearing House Mechanism (CHM). The Uganda Clearing House Mechanism (UG-CHM) will be a web based portal designed to facilitate information exchange and utilization amongst all stakeholders in Uganda on Biodiversity.

The Uganda Clearing House Mechanism (UG-CHM) will bring together a huge network of institutions and organisations working on biodiversity. The UG-CHM through the focal point for Uganda will be administered by a dedicated team supported by the various strategic committees established by the national focal institution for technical back-stopping and guidance A global clearing-house mechanism was established under the CBD to promote and facilitate technical and scientific cooperation globally. In the context of the CBD, the CHM designates a network of parties and partners working together to facilitate implementation of the Convention as well as access to and exchange of information on biodiversity around the world.

The Payment for Ecosytem Services Project June 2010-April 2014

The Government of Uganda through the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) received financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to implement a project entitled, “Developing an Experimental Methodology for Testing the Effectiveness of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) to Enhance Biodiversity Conservation in productive landscapes in Uganda”. This project contributes to Objective 1 of the forestry sector aimed at restoring national forest cover which in turn stabilize climate and associated ecosystem services. This in turn supports achievement of key national priority areas of livelihood improvement and restoration of degraded ecosystem.

NEMA is implementing the project with the Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) as the Project Management Unit (PMU) and other project partners including (Nature Harness Initiative (NAHI), Hydromax, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Katoomba Group, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and international scientists from Stanford University and the World Bank. NEMA and its partners are providing co-financing to the tune of $1,232,400. Darwin Initiatives-UK is providing cash co-financing to cover IIED’s input for design and part of host institution’s costs for monitoring and scheme design.Download the Progress report

Restoration of L.Victoria/L.Nakivale shores, R.Nile banks and Catchment Areas

The continuous encroachment and degradation of forests and the related human activities within the lake shores, river banks and catchment areas have resulted into; complete loss of tree and vegetation cover further leading to soil erosion and siltation of the water bodies thus changing their ecological, social and economic functions. The degradation has also negatively impacted on the community livelihoods by affecting the agricultural productivity due to prolonged droughts, reduced soil fertility and crop yields as well as affecting the fish yields.

In order to mitigate the above problem, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has started restoration of the water catchment areas with the initial focus on L.Victoria shores and R.Nile banks which are heavily encroached and L.Nakivale shores which are severely degraded due to refuge settlement and consequent encroachment. The restoration is covering the lake and river catchment areas in the districts of: Rakai, Masaka, Mpigi, Wakiso, Mukono, Jinja, Mayuge, Bugiri, Busia, Kayunga, Kamuli and Isingiro (Nakivale settlement). A total of 637 Acres of land have so been planted with 314200 tree seedlings comprising of Musizi (Maesopsis eminii)), Terminalia, and Grivellea Robusta


Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Threatened Savanna Woodland in the Kidepo Critical Landscape in North Eastern Uganda

Brief about Kidepo Project

Project title: Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Threatened Savanna Woodland in the Kidepo Critical Landscape in North Eastern Uganda



Government of Uganda (GoU) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), received financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to implement this project. The project satisfies the requirements for GEF financing under Biodiversity focal area, Strategic Objective one: Improve sustainability of Protected Area (PA) system. It seeks to strengthen protected area management within a landscape of 655,700 ha of savanna woodland in the Kidepo Critical Landscape (KCL) of North Eastern Uganda and reduce threats to biodiversity in the landscape by putting in place sustainable use management practices for wild resources. 


The project shall be implemented for a period of 48 months starting July 2013 and target beneficiaries are local communities and local government technical staff in the six targeted districts. Private organisations and Civil Society Organisations who work in shea butter production and wildlife sport hunting also benefit from the project. The expected project outputs are ‘Strengthened management effectiveness of the Kidepo Critical Landscape PA Cluster’ and ‘Integrated PA management in the wider Landscape’. Its goal is to: “ Conserve the biodiversity and ecosystem values of the KCL to provide sustainable benefit flows at local, national and global levels through enhanced operational capacity and functional landscape planning approaches” with the objective to “Protect the biodiversity of the KCL in North Eastern Uganda from existing and emerging threats”.


Implementing Partners

The project is being implemented by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in collaboration with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the district local governments of Kitgum, Agago, Otuke, Abim, Kaabong and Kotido. NEMA is responsible for integrated PA management in the wider landscape while UWA is responsible for strengthening management effectiveness of the KCL PA cluster. The Local government staff in the participating districts are involved in direct project activity implementation under integrated PA management in the wider landscape as well as mobilisation of communities to take part in implementation of all project activities. 


Project cost and donor

The 48-month project is funded to a tune of 3,080,000 USD by GEF through UNDP. 


Project Geographical location (Areas of Coverage)

The project mostly focuses on Kidepo Valley National Park; Karenga Community Wildlife Area (Kotido and Kaabong districts) and; Central forest reserves (CFRs) of Nyangea Napore, Morungole, Lwala, Rom, Zulia and Timu which received limited investment over the past 20 years due to protracted conflict, and proportionately suffer from lower management effectiveness compared to other sites. In addition, project activities are implemented in the shea butter tree belt in the four districts of Kitgum, Agago, Otuke and Abim in North Eastern Uganda.


Expected Results/Outputs

The project is expected to; 

•Strengthen the management and integrity of 95,600ha of Karenga community wildlife management area,

•Introduce a security and enforcement system with a platform for information sharing and intelligence gathering among parks and other institutions; with databases that will be continuously updated,

•Facilitate development, approval and implementation of sustainable financing plan for the PA cluster providing accurate revenue forecasts,

•Put in place a staff training programme covering all aspects of PA cluster operations,

•Establish and implement sustainable use options for Shea tree resources and wildlife,

•Promote mechanisms for enhancing sustainable management of KCL,

•Improve on the competence and skills of Local government staff to enforce laws on sustainable hunting and sustainable harvest of shea tree resources in the target districts,

•Put in place measures to improve market access for shea products and increase employment and income generation among rural women in target districts through access to markets,

•Put in place a district coordination mechanism in the project target districts to ensure that biodiversity management in National Parks, CFRs and wildlife dispersal areas is factored into integrated decision-making governing land use management and,

•Reinstate and or develop district ordinances and community bye laws on the harvest of shea tree products and wildlife hunting.

Key Contact Persons/Addresses of IPs and Implementing Agencies

Francis Ogwal: Project Coordinator/CBD National Focal Point NEMA


National Environment Management Authority,

Plots 17/19/21, Jinja Road.

P.O. Box 22255,

Kampala, Uganda


James Okiria-Ateker Project Manager; 

National Environment Management Authority

Plots 17/19/21, Jinja Road.

P.O. Box 22255,

Kampala, Uganda