Exactly a year ago we launched the Living With Wildlife Appeal, to raise funds for a joint project in Uganda with wildlife conservation charity Tusk.
In partnering with Tusk, our aim was to bring the combined years of expertise in conservation and development from both organisations together and create one cohesive project that could tackle poverty, wild life conservation and environmental degradation now. These problems are inherently linked, and in treating them as such we hope to achieve lasting change for people, and for wildlife.
I grew up near to Pakwach, which is one of the sub-counties we will be working in. I have seen how poverty threatens the local environment on a daily basis and leads people to hunt for bush meat to feed their families.
The traps people lay are indiscriminate and can accidentally ensnare endangered wildlife – including the Rothschild’s giraffe which is one of the most endangered populations of this wonderful animal.
This programme was designed to tackle the root causes of poverty in some of my country’s most vulnerable rural communities.