Environment & Conservation

Environment & Conservation

The Conservation and Environmental Project has been initiated under our integrated poverty alleviation and conservation program. This programme greens, educates, offsets carbon emissions and transforms schools and other community centres into healthier more sustainable environments. Many people especially in the rural area in Uganda live on severely degraded land. These land conditions directly affect their living standards.  It is very difficult to grow food, collect firewood, or make a living off the land. Degraded land also contributes to global warming — when trees are gone, they can no longer remove the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The project entails promotion of environmental conservation and management practices through training the students and communities in environment protection activities such as tree planting, flood control mechanism, fruit growing and energy conservation technologies. It is intended to help people living on degraded land to improve their lives through environmentally sound development projects. Through our network of technicians, volunteers, and community leaders, we provide technical knowledge on agroforestry, reforestation, energy conservation technologies and sustainable development, along with planting materials. We help communities return their land to sustainable production.

Volunteer’s project activities include the following activities:

A range of different activities are represented within our Environmental and Conservation volunteer projects, in building and maintaining trails, taking part in environmental education, helping the existing staff members/environmental conservationists in ongoing projects, assistance in administrative activities of the project, weeding, building fences as well as in sustainable.

You will also be involved in activities like reforestation, agro-forestry, organic and sustainable organic farming practices, nursery protects and environmental education. You can expect to work in varieties of ecosystem like dry forests, cloud forests, rain forest and mangrove forests. Examples of how you can support Environmental initiatives in Uganda:

  • Support training of farmers in sustainable agriculture activities such as appropriate irrigation techniques, soil regeneration, tree planting, mushroom farming, and fisheries management. Farmers are comprehensively educated so they may independently implement sustainable methods into their work.
  • Assist trainings and workshops for community members about beekeeping, poultry management, tree planting, coffee and banana management, and environmental conservation.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of small sustainable energy projects such as fuel saving cooking stoves and bio gas usage.
  • Conduct field visits to various villages and Help create model gardens and distribute seeds to community members.
  • Teach community members about soil/water conservation and local environmental issues.
  • Educate communities about water, sanitation management, and personal/environmental hygiene, while encouraging the development of sustainable agricultural practices

Eligibility

No specific qualifications are required to volunteer in conservation project. The project work is physically demanding. Therefore volunteers should be in very good health to work. Flexibility and mental toughness to work in forests, where frequent insects and bites are common.

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