Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO) is an indigenous, Non-Governmental Organization registered in Uganda as S.5914/5509 and working towards realization of sustained livelihoods for marginalized, under-served and vulnerable groups in Uganda. Since its inception in 2005, ECO has implemented a varied portfolio of projects in the greater Karamoja region, the Abertine rift and the L. Victoria basin. The current initiatives are focusing on natural resource governance, climate change resilience and adaptation, and ecosystems management and restoration.
ECO’s mandate spans the entire country which, despite its abundant and quality natural resources, has a high proportion of food-insecure people living below the poverty line and contributing significantly to environmental degradation. There are, however, considerable opportunities and possibilities for economic growth and attainment of national development goals and global sustainable development goals, particularly those relating to poverty, hunger and environmental sustainability.
Thus ECO envisions an improved quality of life and sustainable livelihoods for the undeserved and vulnerable groups in Uganda, through improved and sustainability-managed natural resources.
ECO’s mission is to engage and empower under-served communities and vulnerable groups to realize and protect their rights and dignity in a context of sustained ecosystems and inclusive governance.
ECO currently chairs Climate Action Network – Uganda (CAN-U) with over 200 national Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and a country node of Climate Action Network International (CAN-I). ECO also hosts Population & Climate Change Africa Forum for the Horn of Africa with over 150 members from the Horn of Africa, a forum of organizations and individuals advocating for appropriate population and Climate change interventions in Africa. The long term aim of PACCAF is to secure global acknowledgment that stable and sustainable populations in all countries are essential to the achievement of a stable and sustainable climate and wider environment; and that programs to achieve population stability by non-coercive means should therefore receive high priority and funding from all relevant Ministries and Agencies. ECO is a member of Environment and Natural Resources Civil Society Organizations Network (ENRCSO Network)- providing credible support and advice to ENR sector in Uganda. ECO is a member of PELUM Association – a regional network of over 220 civil society organizations in 10 countries in East, Central and Southern Africa working in the area of participatory ecological land use management, Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD), Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO’s Network (UWASNET), and National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), and IUCN where it links up with conservation minded organisations, partners and networks among others.
ECO has implemented projects aimed at promoting resilience of communities to the impacts of climate change, national and regional climate change advocacy activities, strengthening disaster risk reduction, population and climate change interventions, enhancing good governance and management of natural resources especially in the extractives and promoted ecosystems management and restoration. ECO has also been at the Centre of piloting and promoting integrated approaches to national resources management like Population Health and Environment (PHE) interventions, Integrated Water Resources Management among others. ECO ensures collective local action for sustainable natural resources management in order to improve livelihoods of undeserved and marginalized communities.
ECO’s major donors include, among others, the Democratic Governance Facility, Bread for the World, CORDAID, Nola Stewart,Terre des Hommes, Irish Aid Uganda, Open Society Institute for East Africa, Pathfinder International, MacArthur Foundation, The David Lucile and Packard Foundation, OXFAM GBU, USAID-Global, SolarWorld Germany, Sustainable Population Australia and Global Green grants Fund.