WWF came into existence on April 29, 1961, when a small group of committed individuals signed a declaration that came to be known as the Morges Manifesto. Today it’s one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations. WWF has a global network active in more than 100 countries including the Uganda Country Office (WWF-UCO) which was established in 2009.
WWF’s Mission is “WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by:
- Conserving the world’s biological diversity
- Ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and
- Promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption
What WWF does: WWF focuses its work around the magnificent diversity of life on this planet, the extraordinary places they live in. All the while trying to reduce humanity’s impact on this life and in these places. The WWF-UCO implements projects under 3 programmes; Fresh water, Energy & climate (including biomass, biofuels, solar, hydropower, stoves); Forestry (sustainable forestry management, certification, tree planting).
How Environmental Alert works with WWF-UCO
WWF-UCO is working in partnership with the Uganda Forestry Working Group (UFWG) to spearhead the process of developing a National Standard for Sustainable Forest Management and forest certification in Uganda.
The partnership provides an opportunity for multi-stakeholder participation in the process of developing the national standard through harnessing the diverse nature of UFWG membership which among others includes: environmentalists, sociologists, ecologists, civil society organizations, economists, forest owners/managers, government institutions, local community representatives, private sector and academia have been engaged.
This has enriched the process tapping into a diverse spectrum of knowledge and experiences in the social, economic and environmental dimensions of forest management in the country with a long term goal of contributing to good forest governance in Uganda and strengthening of civil society capacity to foster objective policy engagement in the forest sector.
The draft standard (National Forestry Stewardship Standards for Uganda) is already in place and consultations with the general public are ongoing before their approval.
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