At a meeting with President Museveni in December 2016, he agreed that the government should be contributing to the establishment and security of a fish/game reserve on Lake Victoria. KUOKOA (Swahili for ‘save’) is an NGO that will establish an almost Utopian marine microcosm in the business of saving the Big Five: East Africa’s Fish & Marine Life East Africa’s Natural Wilderness East Africa’s National Culture & Art East Africa’s Sustainable agriculture & Forests East Africa’s Endangered animals. Kampala is the only capital city in the world that has a two hundred square kilometer fish and game reserve just 45 kilometers from the city center and 17 kilometers from Entebbe International Airport.
The Lacustrine Protected Area (LPA) promotes the replenishment of severely depleted fish stocks and the reintroduction of sport fishing tourism. The islands within the reserve will provide a natural sanctuary for endangered animals and birds that will be given refuge within this government protected reserve and boost eco tourism and foreign exchange earnings. At the center of Uganda’s first marine conservation area is Bulago Island, a 500 acre island that has been developed over the last 17 years into Uganda’s very own Riviera with beach resorts and lodges and a flourishing International island community. Bulago Island will become the nucleus of a 200 square kilometre, ecologically sound, self-sufficient space, capable of embracing and enriching its communities and motivating positive social change through conservation.
OUR VISION IS TO ACHIEVE A SUSTAINABLE TRANSITION TO A MORE PROSPEROUS LOCAL ECONOMY, REALISING THE LONG-TERM BENEFITS OF THE LPA AND IMPROVING SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONDITIONS FOR EVERYONE AFFECTED BY THE PROTECTED AREA. WE VALUE THE LOCAL PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO CONTINUE THEIR WAY OF LIFE AND WISH TO SEE THEM PROSPER ALONGSIDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FISHING RESERVE.