Empowering Uganda’s Future Herpetologists: NU and JRS Biodiversity Foundation Collaborate in Transformative Training Initiative

In an initiative supported by JRS Biodiversity Foundation, NatureUganda is implementing a program to train students from various Ugandan universities across the country. This training focuses on herpetology identification and data collection methods, with the main goal of cultivating a cadre of skilled experts and herpetologists in Uganda.

The ongoing research initiatives in Eastern Uganda encompass four distinct districts: Namayingo (Mutumba wetland), Busia (West Bugwe Central Forest Reserve), Tororo (Tororo rock), and Mbale (semi-disturbed wetlands). Meanwhile, in Northern Uganda, research endeavors are underway in the districts of Gulu, Agago (Agago river and river Kalang), and Amuru. Western Uganda is also a focal point for research, specifically in Buhweju and Isingiro districts (Kagera system).

Throughout these regions, students participating in this initiative have actively immersed themselves in the rigorous research and data collection process for the past 3-4 months. Their dedicated efforts are poised to culminate in the authorship of MSc theses within the upcoming 3-4 months.

To facilitate effective research, students have been provided with essential tools, including computers and guidebooks, among others. These resources enable them to conduct their research with precision and efficiency, ensuring that the data collected meets scientific standards.

The collaboration between NatureUganda and the JRS Biodiversity Foundation represents a significant step forward in fostering expertise in herpetology among Ugandan students. This initiative not only contributes to the development of skilled professionals but also lays the groundwork for a future where science-based decisions play a central role in the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Uganda.