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AFRICAN INSTITUTE FOR CULTURE AND ECOLOGY

Makamba Road,plot833 Lungujja,Rubaga Division,Kampala., Uganda
Joined May 2022

African Institute for Culture and Ecology . Our mission is to build capacity of indigenous peoples to strengthen customary governance systems. Activities; Biodiversity and foodsystems conservation.

Presence in: Uganda
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights

African Institute for culture and Ecology (AFRICE) is a non governmental,not for profit organisation formed in 2016. We are located at Lungujja,Makamba road,plot No.833 ,Rubaga,Kampala. We have a governing board of 7 members ,all from the communities we work with. We work with indigenous communities who are demanding for legal recognition of their customary governance systems for protection of their food and ecosystems; focusing on biodiversity and Nature conservation. Africe is a founder member of African Earth Jurisprudence Collective, a net work of Organisations and individuals committed to promoting African customary and traditional governance systems long suppressed by colonialism. Our Vision is ” Empowered communities applying their indigenous knowledge and customs for improving their landscapes and livelihoods.” Africe is also a member of African Biodiversity Network (ABN) Global Alliance for Rights of Nature (GARN) . The executive Director is a founder member of the African Earth Jurisprudence Collective and an Earth Jurisprudence practitioner. The organisation has patterned with the Gaia Foundation(UK) to facilitate communities in Uganda to revive and strengthen their customary governance sysytems for protection of thier Sacred Natural Sites and associated territories/ecosystems. We apply a holistic approach led by community elders whose knowledge systems have been sustained through inter generation learning. The approach is informed by the theory and practice of Earth jurisprudence ; where the traditional cultures of indigenous people enshrine the rights of Nature. The approach recognizes the rights o communities to use their customary laws and practices to protect their land scapes,sacred places where biodiversity and ecosystems thrive together and guarantee healthy foods and lives of these communities. Elders are the custodians of Nature and the seed(especially women) and indigenous seed diversity is at the center of ensuring food security.

People Associated With This Organization

Dennis Tabaro

Uganda  
AFRICAN INSTITUTE FOR CULTURE AND...
Joined May 2022
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights
Am called Tabaro Dennis,male of 53 .Am a University graduate of Adult and Community education,(BACE) and Msc.Agroecology.Am an Earth Jurisprudence Practitioner and a member of UnitedNations Harmony with Nature Initiative(UNHarmonywithNature) Experts.Am the Executive Director of African Institute for Culture and Ecology (AFRICE) My expertise is in the area of African customary law and i have worked with indigenous communities,facilitating their efforts to revive and strengthen their customary governance systems and also demand government to recorgnise these laws to anable these communities practice them for better protection of their food,ecosystems and improve their ways of living. I have worked with the Bagungu indigenous communities living along L.Albert in Buliisa District of Uganda. These communities,with my facilitation, have been able to map their ancestral land that is now threatened by oil mining industry. Through regular dialogues led by elders they were able to remember and draw the map of indicating what their land looked like 60 years ago,what it is now and what they would like it to be, in terms of its ecological welbeing. They ancestral map shows how the land was ecologically rich with all kinds of biodiversity but now ,most of it being destroyed by human activities and further threatened to extinction by the oil mining industry. The process has led to documentation of the laws and associated governance systems and practices that used to protect the wellness and biodiversity of the land and sacred land scapes(sacred natural sites). The laws were presented to government which recorgnised them and accepted them to be applied for regulating access and use of lakes,wetlands,grazing land ,forests and rivers. So far, a local law(ordinance) has been enacted for protection of these ecosystems using customary laws, and is pending final gazzatment by the National government. This initiative has been overwhelmingly applauded by the UNHarmony with Nature and other international bodies like the Global alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN). The process has set a precedent and is being followed for replication in Kenya and Zimbabwe. Am joining the Network so that this work is further widely spread .The indigenous ways of living,especially their ecological governance sysytems are very important in addressing the current loss of biodiversity and increased climate change. The customary laws of these communities are part of the African prulegal system,embeded in the bioculture of such communities and essential in protection of their ecosystems,livelihoods and entire land scapes.
Dennis Tabaro is the network champion (main point of contact) for AFRICAN INSTITUTE FOR CULTURE AND ECOLOGY.

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