A Ugandan city powered by solar welcomes COP26 agenda to speed up affordable cleantech

A Ugandan city powered by solar welcomes COP26 agenda to speed up affordable cleantech

Fredrick Mugira, November 23 2021  A city in southwestern Uganda has welcomed the new Glasgow Breakthrough Agenda that over 35 world leaders signed at the UN summit on climate change...
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How gorillas stole a Ugandan forest from humans, bloomed it as it bloomed them

How gorillas stole a Ugandan forest from humans, bloomed it as it bloomed them

Fredrick Mugira. December 18, 2020 This story was first published by New Vision In the shadows of giant trees, deep within the Bwindi Impenetrable forest, nature is at its rawest....
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A climate center empowers East African women to address climate change

A climate center empowers East African women to address climate change

Fredrick Mugira, December 08, 2021  In the Kayoro ‘A’ sub-county, in eastern Uganda, the water table is very high. Compounded by regular flooding, households in this area construct pit latrines...
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Sanitation workers: The forgotten frontline workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

Sanitation workers: The forgotten frontline workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

New studies from WaterAid reveal COVID-19 has exacerbated already horrendous conditions for sanitation workers around the world. 22 November 2021, Abuja, Nigeria – During the pandemic, sanitation workers have been...
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COP26 pledges for developing climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems a win, but only if more countries commit.

COP26 pledges for developing climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems a win, but only if more countries commit.

Fredrick Mugira, 02 December 2021 Environment and health activists in Uganda want more countries to commit to developing climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems. They say the 50 countries that committed...
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Powering the ‘Ghost Town’ of Rusinga Island: Fishermen in Lake Victoria, Kenya take action on climate change

Powering the ‘Ghost Town’ of Rusinga Island: Fishermen in Lake Victoria, Kenya take action on climate change

PHOTOSTORY by Anthony Ochieng / TonyWild Growing up in Rusinga Island, Kenya, my family and I enjoyed the majestic views of the enormous Lake Victoria, called “Nam Lolwe” in our language,...
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SINKING LAND

SINKING LAND

Watsemba Miriam Sinking Land explores the bittersweet relationship between man and water for the people living at Ripon landing site, which is the closest site to the actual source of...
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SINKING LAND

Watsemba Miriam Sinking Land explores the bittersweet relationship between man and water for the people living at Ripon landing site, which is the closest site

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The Pandemic Poachers

Covid-19 threatens to reverse fragile gains in wildlife conservation in East Africa

 

Water Hidden in Sand

Hidden in Sand

During dry spells, the rivers and streams in Karamoja region dry and valley dams including Kobebe go silent as communities seek alternative water sources. All that remains of the one-time flooded areas is sand.

An Ancient River Divided

Water is becoming scarcer for the half a billion people living in Africa’s Nile River basin. Will Nile countries come together to find solutions –
or will the shared waterway tear them apart?

Uganda’s First Oil: What is at Stake?

The effects of potential oil spills and infrastructure development in the ecologically sensitive Albertine Region, which contributes 30% of Uganda’s fish stocks.

Champions of Sustainability

How are East Africans surviving amidst climate change? Youth in communities across East Africa are launching innovations to adapt to the region’s changing climate, a cross-border project led by InfoNile has found.

Trapped in the Buffer Zone

On the shores of Lake Victoria, a Norwegian timber plantation sells carbon credits on the international market, but the community that has lived on the land for generations is struggling to survive.

waste to wealth

A 3-year project by Ecofinder Kenya, an NGO working in the Winam Gulf wetlands around Kisumu, offered families living in these Lake Victoria swamps incentives in exchange for them to conserve the wetlands

sucked dry

WHO OWNS THE WATERS OF THE NILE? A yearlong cross-border data journalism investigation about large-scale foreign land deals in the Nile River basin has found that foreign investors are acquiring huge swaths of lands in the region, displacing communities and exporting profits.

Swamp City

Special Project exploring how urbanization destroyed a critical Kampala wetland and why it matters. By Annika McGinnis and Fredrick Mugira.



Geodata journalism. Mapping stories on water issues in the Nile Basin.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Water scarcity in the Nile Basin compounded in times of Covid-19 and climate change

Big Gorilla Story

Big Gorilla Story is a project of Water Journalists Africa dedicated to conservation of the endangered mountain Gorillas and their tropical forest habitats in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo through Journalism. It brings together conservation journalists in the three countries that are members of Water Journalists Africa. Through these short newsy video stories, we want to inform, educate and inspire a passion for conservation in people to protect the endangered mountain Gorillas and the rainforests they live in.

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