The Queen Elizabeth Parks Project supports conservation in both Queen Elizabeth Parks by encouraging Rangers and other Parks Staff to participate in exchange visits and training or mentoring opportunities, as well as donating field equipment, books and other items.
Fundamental to the success of the Project is the belief that wildlife conservation is best served by exploring innovative ways of engaging with and empowering communities.
The Project has a strong focus on Rangers and community engagement, and has developed a training courses designed to share best practice and develop communications skills.
The Project also partners with others to support the spouses and dependents of Rangers who have been killed or injured whilst carrying out their Wildlife Conservation duties.
We visit community groups both in Uganda and the UK, engaging with people and talking about the role of Rangers and the local community involvement in wildlife conservation.
In Uganda we work alongside the Queen Elizabeth National Park's community team and seek to support those communities involved in ecotourism initiatives, social enterprises, environmental improvements and wildlife conservation.
In the UK, we give talks, attend events and support those who wish to become involved in cultural partnerships with Uganda.
The Project also provides a limited number of volunteering opportunities in both countries, for those who wish to get involved in Community Conservation.
We believe that education is the key to successful and sustainable wildlife conservation.
By supporting schools and bringing conservation into the classroom, children in the UK and Uganda understand the importance of their local parks, reserves and the wildlife within them.
In Uganda, our Project has a particular focus on activities aimed at keeping girls in school.
Our teacher exchange visits and improved communication between schools has created the ultimate opportunity for cultural learning and an excellent basis to develop joint pupil learning experiences.
The Project runs School Cluster meetings in Uganda and the UK aimed at supporting teachers who want to make the most of educational opportunities offered though our schools twinning progamme.
This is a Project of cultural exchange and mutual support focussed on wildlife conservation: working closely with and empowering local communities, supporting education initiatives, and exchanging ideas and best practice between the staff of the two Queen Elizabeth Parks.
You can see examples of the types of projects we are involved in below.
We rely on donations, grants and partnerships in order to facilitate our work.
So, if you would like to support the Project please click on the donate button or visit the contact page to find out more about how you can get more actively involved.
Covid-19 is having an impact on both our fundraising efforts and our conservation and community engagement work on the ground.
Our focus is currently with the personal support of Project Participants in Uganda who are struggling through a lack of income opportunities and the wider effects of the lock down.
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