Nature and Livelihoods
Nature and Livelihoods is a Ugandan NGO founded in April 2010 and registered in October the same year. It is a livelihoods initiative for nature conservation focusing primarily on settled landscapes. As natural resource use involves various disciplines that include nature conservation, agriculture, forestry, livestock husbandry, fisheries, health and nutrition, Nature and Livelihoods is a forum for professionals in these and other relevant fields to work collaboratively for nature-sensitive livelihoods improvement on settled lands.
Nature and Livelihoods aims to facilitate sustenance of indigenous species and habitats through involvement in research, education, training and demonstration, support for acquisition of locally appropriate farming and energy saving technologies, species and habitat management, and other efforts. It was formed against a background of mounting environmental pressures. For instance, whereas only a small proportion of the land surface in Uganda is legislated as protected, the pace of deforestation outside protected areas is increasing. This is particularly concerning considering that there are ecosystems not adequately represented in protected areas. These include swamps (home to vulnerable species such as the Crowned Crane) and the Savanna woodland where the Shea Butter Tree and other socioeconomically important indigenous plants occur. Nature and Livelihoods welcomes the collaboration of partners to address these challenges.