• UGANDA RECOGNISES RIGHTS OF NATURE, CUSTOMARY LAWS, SACRED NATURAL SITES

    With our Ugandan partners ANARDE and Africe, we are delighted to share new developments in our work to protect Nature, revive culture and pursue the decolonisation of…


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  • Gaarú: The growing African Movement for Earth Jurisprudence

    Gaarú is a film about the inspirational people reweaving the connections between culture and Nature across Africa. The film follows African grassroots leaders who are working to protect and restore Africa’s lands, waters, forests, and the ecological knowledge of her peoples. Hailing from across the continent, these leaders are undergoing a transformational, UN-recognised training process, facilitated by The Gaia Foundation. They are reconnecting with their roots and working with African communities to practically protect and revive ecosystems; restore customary laws that conserve Nature; connect elders and youth; revive resilient, locally-adapted indigenous seed varieties, and more. Gaarú explores the training process, introduces Africa’s new, grassroots green leaders and explores the meaning of Earth Jurisprudence in Africa. Film produced by Ben Gray for The Gaia Foundation. Edited by Marco Jackson. Narrated by Sarah Hillman. Find out more, visit: gaiafoundation.org https://vimeo.com/488184771?loop=0


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  • AFRICE work on indigenous food systems

    The women showcase interventions in promoting indigenous seed and food systems to avert food insecurity especially during adverse climate change effects. AFRICE with support from Newfield Foundation has been facilitating these interventions with the indigenous women small holder farmers of Buliisa Tulime hamu mbibo zikade in Buliisa district and the Banyabutumbi small holder farmers in Rukungiri district. https://youtu.be/G3duvOrWUl4


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  • AFRICE facilitates customary law ordinance of indigenous Bagungu people in Buliisa

    AFRICE facilitates customary law ordinance of indigenous Bagungu people in Buliisahttps://youtu.be/Y55JDgTpZFEMedia publication on the ordinance process in buliisahttps://youtu.be/u_JHrVBwk-Y In the last two years AFRICE with support from Gaia Foundation has facilitated Buliisa district Local Government to develop an ordinance to recognize the customary laws and sacred natural sites and territories of the indigenous Bagungu people, living near Lake Albert. By making the customary laws to protect these SNT&T, AFRICE is implementing several resolutions made by global and regional bodies (UN, IUCN and African commission) to recognize the intrinsic values of sacred natural sites.   The international recognition and protection of networks of these potent sites imbanded in the ancestral lands, has been supported by a growing body of international instruments and initiatives, with broad acknowledgement of indigenous and traditional communities as custodians of these sites, with customary laws to regulate human activity especially on key biodiversity areas. It is from this background that a growing number of tangible cases of reviving and asserting legal recognition for SNS&T, have emerged on the region (Benin, Kenya, Ethiopia and now Uganda), all of which provide useful precedents for regional recognition. Thanks to Gaia Foundation and other partners for walking an almost successful journey with the indigenous communities around the world.   In Uganda, AFRICE has been coordinating the Bagungu custodians in Buliisa district to revive their customary laws and governance systems for the recognition and protection of SNS and ancestral lands around Lake Albert. In 2019 the Bagungu custodians and women farmers of Buliisa successfully petitioned the district local government to recognize their customary laws and cultural governance systems to protect their ancestral lands and ecosystems. Subsequently in December 2019, the District council responded to their petition and passed a resolution to recognize the Bagungu customary laws. During this council session/sitting at Buliisa district headquarters, the councilors further resolved to have a district ordinance on customary laws of Bagungu.   This project therefore, is aimed at securing a district-level ordinance to uphold the Bagungu customary laws and exemplify how the Rights of Nature clause of Uganda’s National Environment Act can be implemented. The project also envisions to Protect the traditional knowledge &sacred places of Bunyoro Kingdom, in the face of rising threats to local communities, Wetlands, Waterfalls and one of Africa’s Great Lakes. Being the first of its kind in Uganda, this project is being co-implemented with ANERDE who together with Gaia Foundation have been leading the legal interpretation of the ordinance especially to the communities, custodians and Buliisa district leadership. AFRICE has been on ground to coordinate the Bagungu custodians and the Buliisa district leadership to revive their customary laws and governance systems for the recognition and protection of SNS and ancestral lands around Lake Albert.  


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  • The emergence of Earth Jurisprudence in Africa

    In this new article published by The Conscious Lawyer Magazine, Gaia’s Carlotta Byrne explores the emergence of Earth Jurisprudence in Africa, Gaia’s role in it, and the deep connections…


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  • Indigenous Conservation Knowledge systems among the Baganda.

    Basing on the observation that traditional knowledge has widely been marginalised in environmental conservation approaches and practices today and that this partly because it is insufficiently documented and analysed, this…


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