UWS E-News-letter Issue No.2, December 2016 of UWS Today – Chairperson’s Message

Dear Reader On behalf of UWS Executive Committee,

I welcome you to this Issue No.2, 2016 of UWS Today, the Society’s E-newsletter that is now bi-annual. In this issue No.2 2016, we give update you on progress and achievements of the Society’s values, especially our research, advocacy and policy interventions aimed at promoting conservation of Uganda’s environment, natural resources and wildlife for the benefit of humanity. As Executive Committee we are working hard to deliver on your recommendations for Society growth and sustainability. In this Issue we give you a summary on our achievements in the second half of 2016.

We received funding from the Canadian Government through the Nairobi based Canada High Commission under the Canada Funds for Local Initiatives (CFLI). With it the Society strengthened capacity for environmental management and livelihoods improvement in Tororo Municipality, Tororo District through, training. One hundred and twenty four people composed of youth and women were trained in income generating environmental management techniques. Read more about in this Issue. We thank Canadian High Commission for the partnership.

Our membership now stands at 716 and as Executive Committee we thank you members for your sustained support of the Society Conservation Efforts through your membership subscription. Members, your membership is our unique strengthen as a conservation organization. I urge you to maintain your membership, pay your annual subscriptions to keep the Society institutional core programme and secretariat running.

We would like to inform you members, partners, stakeholders and the general public, our Secretariat has moved to Plot 39, Babiiha Avenue, Kololo. We made the decision in effort to keep our operational costs minimal as we plan to secure a permanent home for the Society. This is also inline with members’ recommendations during our 2016 Annual General Meeting which took place on 26th August.

We are midterm our strategic plan and there is need for fundraising to support implementation of the programmes. Members let the secretariat know of any funding opportunities available within your networks, we welcome partners and all other support possible, please let us know your interest. You can contact me and the secretariat on this anytime. Finally we welcome feedback on information shared in this Issue. I wish you good reading.

Professor Joseph Obua

CHAIRPERSON, UWS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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