Eco’s Vision

Improved quality of life and sustainable livelihoods for the under-served and vulnerable groups while building a sustainable future

ECO’s Mission

To engage and empower under served communities and vulnerable groups to discover and overcome the major challenges facing society and nature while protecting their rights and dignity for sustainable development.

ECO’s Goal

To harness the great potential and efforts of local communities to take the lead in planning, implementing and evaluating effective and sustainable development programmes.


Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO) is an indigenous, Non Governmental Organisation 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 and livelihoods, and ecosystem management and restoration.



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.

Caring for the Creation

The project is supported by Nola Stewart and involves hosting an annual Caring for Creations Workshop attracting various faith/religious leaders to learn and dialogue about faith, sustainable development and environment stewardship. Dates back from 2010.

KWIMD Project

Karamoja Women in Mining Development (KWIMD) Project is a two year project funded by Bread for the World from 2014-2016. The project is targets majorly women Artisanal and Small Scale miners in the Sub-Counties of Rupa and Tapac Sub-Counties in Moroto District.


This second phase of KEMSTAP is intended to promote transparency, social inclusion, accountability and responsiveness among duty bearers in the Karamoja mining sector for equitable and sustainable development through strengthened citizens’ voice.

P/SCCA in the L.Victoria Basin

The project commenced in 2015 and is supported by both the MacArthur Foundation (USA) and Darwin Initiatives. It is co-implemented with Fauna & Flora International among other partners.


Co-implemented with Platform for Labour Action (PLA) and SOMERO who are focused in Kampala, Bugiri & Busia Districts, ECO’s interventions are based in Rupa & Katikekile of Moroto District.


ECO and Pathfinder International/Uganda and Kenya implemented the Health of People and the Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin (HoPE-LVB) project with funding support from the MacArthur Foundation.





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.


Ecosystems in Uganda are increasingly being threatened by various human activities, even those that are protected by government acts. Wetland and forest losses are higher in the lake basin area than national averages that are high in any case – 75% of wetlands are considered significantly damaged already, while loss of forest cover is running at 1.7% annually. 200 species of fish are already extinct and others, critically endangered, survive only along lake margins and in peripheral lakes. The progressive, systematic and induced unsustainable management.



Significant changes in weather patterns have increased variability and unpredictability of rainfall presenting a major threat to resource-dependent livelihoods in Uganda – farmers, pastoralists, agro-pastoralists and fisher folks. Frequent prolonged droughts and rainfall which is less regular has turned perennial rivers into seasonal rivers, and some water sources dry out during dry seasons, which was not the case more than 15 years ago. Ecosystems that are at most risk are Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs), wetlands and forest resources, and water resources.



Threats to natural resources sector continue to exist affecting their productivity and sustainability. Many areas that have been gazetted as protected areas continue to be encroached for human activity, either due to poor enforcement of bye laws, or due to poor community attitude towards conservation. Whereas the various acts and national policies spell out the need for community involvement in management of Uganda’s natural resources, i.e. wetlands, wildlife, forestry and others, there is limited progress in practice.



In preparation of the Karamoja Mining Symposium, Ecological Christian organization (ECO) in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, GIZ, Montrose International, Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum organized a joint pre-consultation meeting for national and Karamoja CSOs was held in Kampala on 21st March 2017 at Africana Hotel in Kampala. 20 CSOs

A training on roles and responsibilities for district stakeholders and local leaders took place on February 28th 2017 at Rapona hotel in Moroto and was attended by around 20 participants including ECO staff. The training focused on understanding the concept of child labour, the national and international legal framework on child labour, rights of a

Over this period of February to March taskforce members from Rupa and Katikekile were able to periodically carry out community awareness and conduct inspection and monitoring activities in the mining areas of Rupa and Katikekile sub counties .These taskforce members were supported by ECO staff, the Moroto district labour officer and the district probation officer.

The information on concessions the state has granted in all the seven Districts of Karamoja was shared throughout the quarter with support from Directorate of Geological Survey and Mines and the Moroto and Abim District Mineral Watch Platforms. The   information disbursed related to district specific contracts, lists of companies, maps, types of right/ licenses; status,

Legal caravans to facilitate legal literacy training and legal clinics were conducted within the mining areas in Moroto and Abim districts targeting people living within the mining areas/sites. These caravans covered issues regarding the mining policy, mining law & regulations, mineral related rights, access to justice avenues. Information on free legal aid services and information

Our passion has always been ensuring that the mining sector in Karamoja and Uganda at large benefits all. To achieve this ECO throughout this first quarter of the year provided platforms for debate and dialogue between different multi stakeholder groups; ASM, local governments, private companies, central governments and communities in Moroto and Abim districts. ECO

OPINION: Climate Change Poses Insecurity, Conflict Threat in Karamoja and Neighboring Regions Phillo Aryatwijuka The threat climate change poses to insecurity, conflict and communities’ livelihood is more real than ever for a country where over 80% of the population is totally dependent on agriculture as their source of livelihood and the other 20% also dependent

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