• Plot 892, First Presbyterian Church Kampala
  • +256 752-420-000
  • coordinator@presaiduganda.org
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Our Environment Project

We empower rural people to restore and protect tropical ecosystems in Uganda

Why is this happening?

We believe that the preservation of biological diversity, ecosystems, and natural places is critically important to the survival of us all-people, plants, and animals alike. In addition to the intrinsic value of nature and wildlife, biological diversity and healthy ecosystems provide humankind with many of the things that sustain our lives, including clean air and water, fertile soil, a stable climate, food, medicines, materials and technologies, and a diversity of genes and species-not to mention recreational opportunities and natural beauty.

Our Approach:

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Transplanting an inga tree seedling into a corn field to transition to agroforestry.

We collaborate with the rural poor in Uganda and help local communities identify, evaluate, and prioritize their conservation and natural resource needs. We then work with these communities to get them what they need to restore and conserve the tropical ecosystems where they live and on which they rely for basic necessities and well-being. This can include skills, financing, materials, access to decision makers and experts, hands-on experience, and other forms of support.

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Kisima 1 Island

One of our fundamental beliefs is that the people who live near or in a threatened ecosystem are those who are best positioned to repair and protect that system for the long term. Or, put another way, we believe that when people understand that their quality of life is reliant upon the health of their natural environment and that they have a direct hand in identifying and creating ways to protect and sustainably use their natural resources, both nature and people are served.

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A man working hard in his garden. uprooting potato plantain

In all of our work, we act strategically, community by community, building on common interests and goals, to create alliances that will lead to cumulative, positive impacts-impacts that are not just local but on a regional scale and beyond. It is through collaboration that we believe humankind will achieve positive, sustainable change. And although the environmental threats are imminent and the conservation challenges real, we are confident that through mutual cooperation and respect we still have time to conserve and protect our one shared planet, Earth.

What Makes Our Approach More Effective:

We only work in rural places where communities have asked for our help.
We begin by conducting a series of meetings or community consultations with the local people to understand community-identified needs, priorities, and issues. We work jointly to develop and implement a plan of action that will address challenges related to creating sustainable livelihoods, repairing damaged ecosystems, and improving the availability of natural resources, like freshwater and fish stocks. Whenever needed, we modify our existing solutions and approaches-such as changing a fuel-efficient stove’s design-or we add new ones-such as building grey-water catchments-to achieve the best results. We listen. We learn. And we are always open to modifying our approach to better suit the needs of the project.

These site-specific solutions take time. So does real collaboration. We stay as long as it takes to build local capacity. And we leave when we are no longer needed, the project has become sustainable, and our local partner and the community are expanding the effort on their own.

This is what makes us different. This is how we effect change. We see it every day at the project sites where we work. We hope you will join with us to effect this positive and lasting change for people and ecosystems in Uganda, and eventually in the entire world.