Innovation for Community Engagement in Conservation and Poverty Alleviation (ICECOPA)

Tree Uganda Academy
Publié: 21 septembre 2018
Dernière modification: 25 septembre 2020
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Innovation for Community Engagement in Conservation and Poverty Alleviation (CECOPA) is an inclusive project being implemented under Tree Uganda Academy (TUA).  Tree Uganda Academy is an Eco-inclusive, social action, Research and advocacy Community Based Organization established in July 2017,  with an aim of making improvements in Environmental Sustainability and People's welfare.

Therefore we empower and work with community members to fight against the increasing destruction of Ecosystems, Poverty and Climate change.


ICECOPA project (my Solution), is being applied through Formation of Tree Academy Groups (TAGs) at Parish level under the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) Model,  and Tree Academy Clubs (TACs) in Schools.  We capacity build community members in their respective Groups and Clubs, equip them with conservation knowledge and Skills as well as provide means of access to essential ecosystem services to better involve them in problem solving and ensure climate justice.  


Afrique de l'Est et du Sud
Échelle de la mise en œuvre
Espaces verts (parcs, jardins, forêt urbaine)
Forêt de feuillus tempéré
Prairie tempérée, savane, maquis
Rivière, ruisseau
Zones humide (marécage, marais, tourbière)
Écosystème agricole
Écosystème urbain
Écosystèmes d'eau douce
Écosystèmes forestiers
Écosystémes des prairies
Atténuation du changement climatique
Fragmentation et la dégradtion de l'habitat
Gestion et Planification des Aires protégées et conservées
Gouvernance des Aires protégées et conservées
Sécurité alimentaire
Dégradation des terres et des forêts
Perte de l'écosystème
Développement d’infrastructure
Manque d'accès au financement à long terme
Chômage / pauvreté
Objectifs de Développement Durable
ODD 1 - Pas de pauvreté
ODD 2 - Faim "zéro"
ODD 5 - Égalité entre les sexes
ODD 8 - Travail décent er croissance économique
ODD 10 - Inégalités réduites
ODD 13 - Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
ODD 15 - Vie terrestre
ODD 17 - Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
Obectifs d'Aichi
Objectif 1: Sensibilisation accrue de la biodiversité
Objectif 2: Valeurs de la biodiversité intégrées
Objectif 5: Perte d'habitat réduite de moitié ou diminuée
Objectif 7: Agriculture, aquaculture et sylviculture durable
Objectif 8: Pollution réduite
Objectif 11: Aires protégées et conservées
Objectif 12: Réduction du risque d'extinction
Objectif 15: Restauration et la résilience des écosystèmes
Objectif 17: Stratégies de la biodiversité et des plans d'action
Objectif 18: Connaissances traditionnelles
Objectif 20: Mobiliser toutes les ressources disponibles
Cadre d'action de Sendai
3: Réduire, d’ici à 2030, les pertes économiques directes dues aux catastrophes en proportion du produit intérieur brut (PIB).


Kanungu, South Western Uganda


1. Increasing destruction of ecosystems due to poor agricultural and other human activities such as intensive cultivation, lumbering, bush burning, charcoal burning, swamp reclamation and industrialization. All these have  reduced the vegetation cover of the region and led to a fall in the amounts of rainfall that we initially received in the region and consequently an increase in the atmospheric temperatures.


2. Lack of Climate Justice:  there is discrimination and unfair treatment of people in the creation and implementation of policies and projects that address Climate Change. This is the basis for the formation of Tree Academy groups and clubs to ensure inclusiveness.  


3. Increasing Poverty and food insecurity: the land is no longer productive to support bountiful Agriculture on which the majority (75%) depends for their survival in terms of food and income needs.


4. Increasing threatening of plant and animal diversity due to lack of awareness.


  • South Western Uganda crop and animal farmers.


  • All young men,  women and the youths who are employed by the Project.


  • Pupils and students by gaining  knowledge and skills in conservation projects.


  • Plant and animal diversity.



Comment les blocs constitutifs interagissent-ils entre eux dans la solution?

The conservation information dissemination and the art performed during music, dance and drama competitions are put into practice at group level through tree planting, advocacy for climate justice and biodiversity conservation  as well as creation of alternative sources of income, to avoid poaching and other environmental crimes in search for money.



1. Information dissemination through Music Dance and Drama competitions among member groups (TAGs)


2. Effective strategies set through group meetings to achieve environmental sustainability and approaches to properly account for the true full value of linked ecosystems and environment resource use.


3. Increasing the efficiency with which we use the most endangered species and elements.


4. Practical engagement in conservation activities such as tree planting rehabilitation of protected areas and habitats.

Les impacts positifs

1. Existence of  community led groups of people (Tree Academy Groups) involved in practical conservation, advocacy for Climate Justice and income generating activities especially Tree Planting and Village Saving and Loan Scheme.

2. Skills Development by community members as a result of trainings and capacity building provided for all Tree Academy Groups on micro enterprise generation, Biodiversity conservation, waste management and sustainable agriculture.


3. Restoration of the Vegetation cover and threatened Tree Species in some  areas and improvement of some protected areas and habitats in the region.


4. Attitude change: A spirit of conserving the environment has been instilled in both the young generation and community members through awareness creation and community capacity building and the number of people championing conservation has increased.


5. Increased Agricultural Production due to adoption of better farming methods by community members.

6. Increased Entrepreneurship: Adoption of other projects as alternative sources of income such as Waste recycling, Tree Nursery managenet and tree planting.


Tree Uganda Academy

When we see the benefit something brings, we take care of it.


That’s why we surfers baptising trees and animals like newly born babies to make them known and preserve their importances  for the next generations.

And it’s why in Uganda, Kigezi region in particular mountain gorilla numbers are increasing and plant diversity being restored.


Tourists come to Uganda to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures. The tourists mean money, jobs and a better standard of living for nearby villagers. Because the gorillas are such an important resource, local people are committed to protecting them.


It’s just one example of how we’ve helped local communities around Bwindi and Mgahinga National Park in Kanungu to benefit from conservation. By looking after their own natural resources, people all over the world are improving their own lives – and making our shared vision of a world where humans live in harmony with nature a reality.


What’s at stake?

Mountain gorillas are one of humanity’s closest relatives, sharing as much as 99% of our DNA. But over the years, much of their forest habitat has been destroyed. Poaching has also taken a heavy toll.

Mountain gorilla habitats are protected in national parks, but this alone cannot guarantee their survival. In a region like Kigezi wracked by ignorance and poverty, the people living near mountain gorillas have difficulty meeting even their most basic needs like food and fresh water. 

Residents rely on the land for agriculture and animal grazing. As humans encroach on the forest, the gorillas’ habitat and plant diversity shrink further.

Only with the support of local communities will we secure a future for gorillas and local tree. And it’s not just about gorillas and localtrees:  community-led conservation has a vital role to play.

The story so far

One of the biggest lessons we’ve learned over the last  year is that conservation works best when local communities actively participate. Rather than protecting nature from people, we look for practical solutions that allow humans and other species to thrive together.
Our work with tree species and mountain gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga NationalPark shows just how successful this approach can be.


What next?

We involve local people in all our conservation work, and we’re looking to replicate the success of our community-led conservation projects in other areas.


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