A selection of the most useful links to tropical ecological
studies and conservation:
University of Science and Technology (MUST)
ITFC is officially a research institute under Mbarara University
for Science and Technology (MUST). MUST was established as
Uganda’s second national university (after Makerere) in 1989,
with the aim of training graduates with key skills needed to
reduce poverty, and to ensure sustainable economic growth and
community development in the country.
Uganda Wildlife Authority
The Ugandan Wildlife Authority is one of the governing bodies
that regulates wildlife conservation in Uganda. It was
established in August 1996 by the Uganda Wildlife Statute, which
merged the Uganda National Parks and the Game Department. It is
governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by minister
responsible for wildlife.
UWA is in charge of management of 10 National Parks,
12 Wildlife Reserves, 14 Wildlife Sanctuaries and provides
guidance for 5 Community Wildlife Areas.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) was founded in
1895 as the New York Zoological Society (NYZS), and is based at
the Bronx Zoo.
As of 2010, the Wildlife Conservation Society manages some 200
million acres (810,000 km2) of protected lands around the world,
with over 500 field conservation projects in 60 countries, and
200 scientists on staff.
WCS has provided ITFC Director's salary for many years, and
supports specific projects, such as the Climate Change project.
Makerere is the premier University for
conservation relevant training and research in Uganda.
Makerere has trained most of Uganda’s senior UWA wardens, forest
officers, as well as other conservation managers and leaders.
ITFC has been involved with training many Makerere students and
remains a close connection with many staff.
Many of Uganda’s current conservation leaders undertook their
University studies in collaboration with ITFC (through Makerere
and other Universities), providing a considerable and
influential network of alumni in many of the regions
Mgahinga Conservation Trust (BMCT)
Established in 1994 under the Uganda Trustees Laws, our mission
is to foster conservation of biodiversity of MGNP and BINP
through investments in community development projects, grants
for research and ecological monitoring, funding park management
and protection and programmes that create greater conservation
awareness. Field of work includes two administrative
parishes adjacent to BINP & MGNP in the districts of Kanungu,
Kabale and Kisoro, South Western Uganda.
International Gorilla Conservation Project
The goal of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme
(IGCP) is to ensure the conservation of mountain gorillas and
their regional afromontane forest habitat in Rwanda, Uganda and
the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris Ltd is a
Uganda based tour operator who helps many visitors to arrange
their gorilla safaris, transportation and accommodation in
Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.
United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda (UOBDU)
In 2000 the Batwa organized themselves and formed their own
organisation, the United Organisation for Batwa in Uganda
(UOBDU). Its aim is to support Batwa in south west Uganda to
address their land problems and help them develop sustainable
alternative livelihoods. Through its Batwa members, UOBDU has
identified four key areas it hopes to address including: Land
and Housing; Education and Adult Literacy; Income Generation
including Agriculture; and Forest Access and Benefit-Sharing.
Rift Program (part of WCS) specializes in providing high
quality information and technical advice (ecological and social)
to protected area authorities and their partners. They are
involved in building the capacity of the protected area
authorities, government and civil society in all countries in
the Albertine Rift to address the various challenges they face.
The UNDP page on biodiversity contains a wealth of information
on UNDP's work for the conservation and sustainable use of
funded the PRIME WEST project, which included ITFC's
study of the bush meat trade in Western Uganda. Since July 2009,
it has funded the program 'WILD WEST', carried out by WCS
Uganda. ITFC is a subgrantee.
foundation supported the water quality monitoring
activities in Bwindi as well as in Rwenzori Mountains
British Ecological Society
paid for vegetation mapping, multiple use monitoring and
problem animal control.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI), formerly the Fauna
and Flora Preservation Society, is an international conservation
charity and non-governmental organization. FFI was originally founded in 1903 as the Society for the
Preservation of the Wild Fauna of the Empire by a group of
British naturalists and American statesmen in Africa. It was
then called the Fauna Preservation Society, before being renamed
Fauna and Flora Preservation Society in 1981. The goal of
the society was to safeguard the future of southern Africa’s
large mammal populations, which had declined alarmingly due to
over-hunting and habitat encroachment. Working in tandem with
landowners, government and sport hunters, the Society helped
pass legislation which controlled hunting in vast stretches of
East Africa and South Africa.
Wildlife Foundation (AWF)
The African Wildlife
Foundation is a leading international conservation organization
focused solely on protecting Africa’s wildlife and wild
landscapes as the key to the future prosperity of Africa and its
people – something they have been doing for over 50 years.
The World Wide
Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international
non-governmental organization working on issues regarding the
conservation, research and restoration of the environment,
formerly named the World Wildlife Fund, which remains its
official name in Canada and the United States. It is the world's
largest independent conservation organization with over 5
million supporters worldwide, working in more than 100
countries, supporting around 1,300 conservation and
environmental projects. WWF is a foundation, in 2010 deriving
57% of funding from individuals and bequests, 17% from
government sources (such as the World Bank, DFID, USAID) and 11%
The group says its mission is "to halt and reverse the
destruction of our environment". Currently, much of its work
focuses on the conservation of three biomes that contain most of
the world's biodiversity: forests, freshwater ecosystems, and
oceans and coasts. Among other issues, it is also concerned with
endangered species, pollution and climate change.
Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
International Tropical Ecology Society
Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation
Organization for Tropical Studies
Tropical Biology Association (fundraising and
reporting guidelines in particular)
Tropical Ecology, Monitoring and Assessment Initiative
(Conservation International )