In 2007, Chimpanzee Trust expanded their work to support communities of private forest owners living alongside wild chimpanzees, so they could begin to benefit from their proximity and as a result, value the chimpanzees existence in their forests. We now have active field projects in the Hoima, Kibale, Masindi and Buliisa districts of the Albertine Rift in Western Uganda.

Objectives of our field conservation work:

  • Implement forest conservation and restoration activities
  • Facilitate community development approaches
  • Conduct relevant research activities
  • Initiate and strengthen partnerships for conservation
  • Enhance conservation education

Field conservation for the Chimpanzee Trust involves the following projects detailed below.

We are also actively involved in an international collaboration to study ‘Payment for Ecosystem Services’ (PES) and initial results are extremely positive. Learn more HERE.


  • Research

    CSWCT has established a chimp monitoring system that is implemented by trained personnel from the local communities. This is being done in 5 sub-counties in Hoima and Masindi districts. The purpose is to understand chimp distribution and chimp movement in private forests and relate it with any proposed plan for

  • Field Programme

    Executive Director Lilly Ajarova participating in tree Nursery Planting in Munteme Kyabigambire, Hoima District.

  • Training

    CSWCT organizes teachers’ workshops in Hoima district to train teachers on practical ways of incorporating environmental education into the curriculum. Workshops mainly focus on schools near chimpanzee habitats but are motivated to reach even those that are far off. We achieve this through formation of environmental conservation groups such as

  • Forest Conservation

    CSWCT has established tree nurseries for demonstration as well as sources of seedlings for tree planting in Munteme, Kyabigambire and Kitoba sub counties- Hoima. These have a capacity to produce over 100,000 seedlings per year. We focus on production of indigenous and fruit tree seedlings.

  • Community Development

    These are important as alternative sources of income for forest owners and women. They include; beekeeping, handcraft making, poultry and piggery, as well as establishment, training and exposure of frontline forest communities in vegetable growing and tree nursery establishment and management. So far 2,600 local people have directly benefited from