Tullow and Government of Uganda collaborate on historic conservation initiative

Published on: 11 February 2016

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Tullow Oil is working with several Government of Uganda (GoU) Agencies, the World Conservation Society (WCS) and other national and international conservation specialists to map habitats of critical conservation value. This effort has resulted in the draft of Uganda’s first official Red List of threatened species.

Tullow Oil is working with several Government of Uganda (GoU) Agencies, the World Conservation Society (WCS) and other national and international conservation specialists to map habitats of critical conservation value. This effort has resulted in the draft of Uganda’s first official Red List of threatened species.

The initiative is supported by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) and The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. The imminent declaration by The Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities of Uganda’s first ever Red List of threatened species of will be a significant milestone in the conservation of Uganda’s biodiversity. 

The development of Uganda’s Red List began in 2013 when TUOP contracted WCS to provide base line biodiversity information on habitats of high biodiversity value within its area of operation in the Albertine Graben of Uganda. Understanding the presence of threatened species is an essential precursor to Tullow meeting the IFC Performance Standards which require an assessment of the presence of threatened species. 

 
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However, Uganda did not have a list of threatened species to refer to as the global Red List did not address Uganda’s unique biodiversity conditions and threats. Therefore Tullow supported a process to develop Uganda’s first Red List.

As well as enabling Tullow to deliver its overall business plan by mapping threatened species in its areas of operation, the Red List will also be an essential part of Uganda’s conservation programme. During a recent presentation the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities said the identification of threatened species helps: 

  • raise the profile of Uganda’s unique biodiversity, 
  • improve Uganda’s environmental permitting process, 
  • reinforce Uganda’s unique position in regional conservation discussions, 
  • increase the relevance of the national biodiversity monitoring program, and 
  • support Ugandan institutions in court cases against polluters and poachers. 

For example one immediate outcome from our mapping of threatened species are that lions will now have a higher conservation status in Uganda than regionally or worldwide; from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered. This is good news for lions in Uganda. When the Red List is completed in early 2016, Uganda will, with the help of Tullow Oil, be one of only three countries in Africa with their own national Red List.

 

Page last updated: 11 February 2016