Uganda PCLG

“Imagine Bwindi”, by Richard Kawesa, is a conservation music video produced by Uganda PCLG in partnership with PCI Media Impact.

Uganda is a country rich in biodiversity, however human-wildlife conflict, resource dependency and population growth are placing huge pressure on its natural resources, including its national parks which are home to the critically endangered mountain gorilla. 

In response to this, the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG) established its first national group, the Uganda Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (U-PCLG) in 2011, to bring together Ugandan conservation and development practitioners to share their experiences and to work together to better inform policy and practice.

Whilst working towards the broader aims of the PCLG, the team is:

  • Generating and sharing information and resources on the linkages between poverty and conservation in Uganda;
  • Building awareness of approaches to address great ape-human conflict through the use of innovative communication activities;
  • conducting ad hos policy advocacy activities, based on the results of the research carried out by group members.

U-PCLG is convened by the Jane Goodall Institute –Uganda  and has a particular interest in great ape conservation. Join us and become a member. 


Great ape conservation and poverty reduction

Uganda PCLG is one of the beneficiaries of wider support provided to the PCLG by the Arcus Foundation. Under this grant, U-PCLG is further strengthening its relationships with development organisations, private sector, parliamentarians and other institutions that influence investment decisions in great ape ranges.

This project started in April 2013 and runs to April 2016.

Research to Policy: Building Capacity for Conservation through Poverty Alleviation [Finished]

Using Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as a case study, PCLG members are involved in a project to explore the current limitations of integrated conservation and development (ICD) programmes and to suggest improvements. The project also includes a capacity development component to help Uganda PCLG members to better inform conservation and development policy and practice.

This Darwin Initiative-funded project started in 2012 and runs until April 2015. 


Enhancing Equity within Conservation Workshop

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, 19th – 21st January 2015

NatureUganda Public Talk

Uganda Museum, Kampala, 18 September 2014

Research to Policy: Final Research Workshop

A three year research and advocacy project using Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park as a case study.

  • September 2013

Research to Policy: Interim Research Workshop

  • 12 March 2013, Bwindi

Advocacy Capacity Building and Media Training Workshop

  • 20-22 February 2013, Kampala

Research to Policy: project Inception Workshop

  • 12- 14 July 2012, Kampala

U-PCLG meetings


Other resources

Presentations and conference material


Media coverage



For more information about U-PCLG (including how to join for those based in Uganda), please contact the group’s coordinator, Dr Panta Kasoma (, or the assistant coordinator Hellena Nambogwe (

Photo gallery


Flying over Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Research to Policy - Building Capacity for Conservation through Poverty Alleviation in Uganda is a project funded by the UK Government's Darwin Initiative with co-funding from UK aid. However, the views expressed herewith do not necessarily reflect the views of the UK Government.

The Uganda-PCLG's thematic work on great apes is funded by the Arcus Foundation and by UK aid from the UK Government. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the UK Government or of the Arcus Foundation.

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The Poverty and Conservation Learning Group is an international network of organisations that promotes learning on the linkages between biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction.

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This website is funded by UK aid and the Arcus Foundation. The views expressed on this site do not necessarily reflect the views of these organisations.

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