Projects

Project highlights

  • Waka Natures promotes environmental conservation by engaging tourists in various activities such as tree planting, wildlife conservation, and waste management initiatives.
  • Tourists can participate in community-based conservation projects, such as supporting local farmers, beekeeping, and handicrafts production, which contribute to biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods.
  •  Education and awareness-raising activities, such as nature walks and talks, cultural exchanges, and volunteer programs, are also available to tourists, promoting a deeper understanding of the local environment and culture.
  • Waka Natures also supports the use of renewable energy, such as solar power, in tourism operations, reducing carbon emissions and promoting a low-carbon tourism industry.

Brief

  • Tree planting is a crucial activity in environmental conservation, and Waka Natures actively engages tourists in tree planting initiatives in Uganda & national parks, wildlife reserves, and local communities.
  • These efforts contribute to reforestation, soil conservation, and carbon sequestration, promoting biodiversity and mitigating the effects of climate change. Waka Natures also works closely with local communities to ensure the sustainable management of forests, promoting eco-tourism, and empowering local communities to generate income from sustainable forestry practices.
  • We plant trees to combat deforestation, promote biodiversity, and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Deforestation is a major contributor to global carbon emissions, accounting for around 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions. In Uganda, deforestation has been estimated to occur at a rate of 2.6% per year, leading to soil degradation, loss of biodiversity, and reduced water availability. By planting trees, we can help to sequester carbon, stabilize soils, and provide habitats for wildlife, contributing to a more sustainable future.

How we do it

At Waka Natures, we engage tourists in tree planting activities in collaboration with local communities and conservation organizations. We identify areas in need of reforestation, such as degraded lands or areas affected by deforestation, and work with local communities to plan and implement tree planting initiatives. We also provide training and education on sustainable forestry practices to ensure the long- term success of these efforts. Additionally, we partner with local schools and community groups to promote environmental awareness and engage the next generation of environmental stewards.

Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative agriculture is a holistic approach to farming that aims to enhance the health and fertility of soil, increase biodiversity, and promote resilience in ecosystems. It involves practices such as crop rotation, cover cropping, and reduced tillage, which help to rebuild soil organic matter and improve soil
structure. Regenerative agriculture can help to mitigate the impacts of climate change by sequestering carbon in the soil, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and promoting biodiversity. At Waka Natures, we support regenerative agriculture practices as a key component of sustainable food systems and work
with local farmers to promote these practices in our tour areas.

Here are some action points that we can take to promote regenerative agriculture:

  • Educate farmers on the benefits of regenerative agriculture practices and provide training on
    how to implement them.
  • Work with local communities to establish seed banks and promote the use of locally adapted crop varieties.
  • Encourage the use of organic farming methods and promote the use of natural fertilizers such as compost and manure.
  • Promote the use of agroforestry practices, such as planting trees in between crops, to promote soil health and biodiversity.
  • Support policies and initiatives that promote regenerative agriculture and sustainable food systems.

The impact of promoting regenerative agriculture can be significant and wide-ranging. Some potential
impacts include:

  • Improving soil health and increasing soil carbon sequestration, which can help mitigate climate
    change.
  • Enhancing biodiversity and improving ecosystem health, which can help to restore degraded ecosystems.
  • Providing farmers with more resilient and sustainable farming practices that can increase yields and improve livelihoods.
  • Reducing the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, which can reduce water pollution and improve human health?
  • Enhancing food security and promoting more sustainable and healthy food systems.
  • Overall, promoting regenerative agriculture can help to address some of the most pressing environmental and social challenges of our time, while also promoting more sustainable and

resilient food systems.

Reduce plastic waste and pollution from tourism

Reducing the amount of plastic waste and pollution from tourism is a crucial step towards sustainable tourism. To achieve this, tourism businesses can switch to eco-friendly alternatives, encourage guests to bring their reusable items, and implement a waste management plan. By doing so, we can protect our environment, wildlife, and oceans for generations to come.

Some action points to reduce plastic waste and pollution from tourism include:

  • Encourage guests to bring their own reusable items, such as water bottles, coffee cups, and
    utensils.
  • Provide eco-friendly alternatives, such as paper or bamboo straws, reusable bags, and containers.
  • Implement a waste management plan that includes recycling, composting, and proper disposal of hazardous waste.
  • Educate guests and staff on the importance of reducing plastic waste and pollution.
  • Collaborate with local communities and businesses to promote sustainable practices and reduce the use of single-use plastics.
  • Monitor and measure progress in reducing plastic waste and pollution to continuously improve sustainability efforts.

Plastic to Wealth

Plastic to Wealth is a project by Waka Natures that aims to repurpose plastic waste into valuable products. By upcycling plastic waste, we reduce environmental pollution and create sustainable livelihoods for local communities. Our products range from fashion accessories to home décor, all made from recycled plastic. By purchasing our products, customers not only support environmental conservation but also promote social empowerment in local communities.