UCT intend to work with stakeholders to guide, supplement and support the organization’s work. Building on the Trustees experiences working with businesses, governments, and communities, we will be leveraging on the latest technological and social innovations while partnering with organizations, companies, and governments around the world. 

UCT’ promotes self-sustaining, conservation-based economies in areas important for people and nature. We do this by creating new conservation funding models and production models for commodities, balancing demand with protection or promotion’ natural resources. We champion the adoption and implementation of ‘Market – Led Environment Conservation and Sustainable Tourism Promotion’ 

For centuries, development has come at the expense of nature. 

1 in 3 people

One in three people lacks access to safe drinking water, which primarily comes from natural areas. 

1 billion people 

More than 1 billion people rely on forests for their livelihoods. 

75% of the world’s poor 

75 percent of the world’s poor rely on agriculture for their livelihoods — which in turn depends on nature for pollination, water and soil replenishment. 

What if nature and people could thrive in the same place, forever? What if communities could become resilient to climate change and protect their livelihoods and food security without destroying nature’s life-support systems? 

UCT aims to create self-sustaining, scalable conservation models that can be adapted from one country to another by focusing on large ecological systems that we call landscapes and waterscapes. From the riparian buffers of Lake Victoria, Lake Albert, River Nile to the natural vegetation and forest covers of Bugoma, Bwindi, Budongo, etc…. our integrated “Sustainable Landscapes and Waterscapes” approach will offer lessons for how humanity can protect nature while weathering — and even abating — climate breakdown and wildlife extinction. 


Respecting Indigenous peoples’ rights is essential to our mission. Indigenous people manage only 20% of the world’s land, yet this land holds 80% of global biodiversity. Despite this, indigenous people have legal right to only about 6% of the East Africa’s land, and often, these rights are restricted in practice. Umoja Conservation Trust follows the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent —the right of Indigenous peoples to give or withhold their consent for any action affecting their lands or rights. 

Engaging With Corporations

We believe that corporations have a responsibility to invest in the conservation of the nature their businesses rely on. Businesses should also embrace environmentally and socially responsible practices. 

We work within and across sectors, in collaboration with companies and industry associations, to achieve large-scale impact, to align the market with environmentally friendly policies, and to help businesses adopt more sustainable production practices. 

The threats to nature are as varied as they are complex. That’s why we employ several different strategies to meet these challenges: 

The activities of Umoja Conservation Trust (UCT) protect critically important natural areas, benefiting communities around East Africa that rely on nature for clean air, fresh water and food. 

Healthy forests, water bodies and freshwater ecosystems are the lifeline for billions of people. Through targeted funding and technical support, the UCT empowers local communities, private companies, NGOs and governments to protect their natural assets. This will in the process protect biodiversity while creating employment opportunities, poverty eradication drives, sustainable regeneration of green vegetation, etc 

UCT is and continues to catalyse activities for conservation and is developing significant partnerships with corporations and other donors. 

Our goal is to triple our impact on communities within and around natural resources within the next 20 years by developing creative and innovative solutions for conservation challenges of the 21st century.