In 2015, 193 countries signed onto the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to end poverty, fight inequality, prevent environmental degradation, improve public health and tackle climate change by 2030. 

One essential element underlies nearly all of these goals: nature. In fact, most of the goals cannot be met if we don’t have healthy, functioning ecosystems. And we are failing in our protection of nature: Businesses, governments and communities are not yet working together in the right ways and in the right places to sufficiently protect nature so that it can help deliver sustainable development for all. 

Only 3% of global climate funding… 

Currently, nature-based solutions to climate change receive only 3 percent of global climate funding. UCT’s efforts come in handy to increase and expound national and regional conservation and climate funding. 

UCT’S conservation efforts are directed towards natural climate solutions. These are actions that protect, restore or improve the use or management of ecosystems while maintaining their capacity to absorb and store carbon from the atmosphere. Nature could get us at least 30 percent of the way to solving the climate crisis, while also providing a host of additional benefits — filtering fresh water, providing breathable air — that other approaches to climate change don’t offer. 

Even better: Nature can do this today — for free. 

With an average experience of over thirty years’ each, Umoja Conservation Trust Board of Trustees have worked to interest and secure the critical benefits that nature provides to humanity in Uganda and world over. Our Trust is a result of combined efforts of fieldwork with innovations in science, policy and finance to the benefit of humanity. Our plan is to grow more than 5 million trees annually to protect vulnerable land and water within Uganda. 

Recognizing that conservation works best when it takes into account the many uses and functions of an area of land or sea — and the people who rely on it — Umoja Conservation Trust has selected 16 areas in Uganda to deploy our Sustainable Landscapes and Seascapes approach. Plans are underway to replicate the same in all East African countries.

We intend to reach an Africa wide network with hundreds of partners. We cannot make it without strategic partners and well-wishers to enhance our work of biodiversity conservation efforts for the benefit of all humanity. 

What are UCT’s current programs and who do they serve?

We practice sustainable market-led conservation to achieve environmental and economic outcomes. Our trusted and get-it-done partners create and implement innovative, practical ways to benefit the natural world and the well-being of Ugandans from every walk of life. 

As a Trust, we believe that conservation is an “all-hands on deck” proposition. Conservation takes many formulae, and our Trust plans to practice conservation in a mutually-reinforcing way—working in concert to make sure the value of natural resources in Uganda remain essential to our prosperity. 

Our key objective is safeguarding natural resources and biodiversity in Uganda and East Arica. Our focus is on conservation and communities—creating as many pathways possible for people and organisations to protect their natural resources and save the places that matter most—properties with ecological, historic and/or cultural significance. We deliver conservation and economic vitality through strong partnerships with government, business and colleague organizations.