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.
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