In the shadow of the Virunga volcanoes, lies the Echuya Forest - one of the most important forests in Uganda.
Echuya Forest is home to over 140 types of bird, including 18 species which are only found in the Albertine Rift (an area that runs through this region of eastern Africa) and the endangered Grauer's swamp-warbler. There are few mammals left due to poaching, but there are some olive baboons, blue monkeys and Delany's mouse, which is threatened by habitat loss.
Echuya is in one of the most densely populated and poorest areas in Uganda, so the locals depend heavily on the forest. They use it for many things including firewood, poles and bamboo - this puts enormous pressure on the forest.
Eldad Bakeringere used to harvest bamboo illegally to make a living. Now, with help from NatureUganda, he grows passion fruit vines - and it's changed his life for the better.
The money from the passion fruit has changed my life. It’s helped me provide a better life for my family. I can even afford to send my children to school!
Saving the forests of Uganda
We've worked closely with NatureUganda to allow the local communities and the Government to together to protect the forest and provide sustainable livelihoods. We've also helped provide alternative sources of income to forest products, such as bamboo and firewood. We're keen to support this vital work.