Dr. Wilson Mwetnde Bamwerinde: Co-Founder and Co-Director,
Dr. Bamwerinde has extensive experience teaching, managing and directing agricultural/agroforestry and land management activities throughout Uganda and East Africa. Currently serving as Uganda’s National Project Manager for the United Nations – Food & Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO), Dr Bamwerinde manages the Transboundary Agroecosystem Management for Lower Kagera River Project, a $28 Million dollar project impacting Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi. Dr Bamwerinde overseas a team of consultants conducting needs assessments, participatory diagnosis, monitoring and planning processes and integrated ecosystem management with multiple stakeholders for the identification, development and adoption of improved land use management techniques/ practices.
Dr Bamwerinde is a featured lecturer at Makerere University and Uganda Christian University and has numerous publications including; The Puzzle of Idle Land in the Densely Populated Kigezi Highlands of Southwestern Uganda, Farm Household Land Use Decisions in Kigezi Highlands, SW Uganda & Technologies for Agricultural Intensification in the highlands of Southwestern Uganda. As recently as 2010, Dr. Bamwerinde participated in the Farm Income Enhancement and Forest Conservation Project with Uganda’s Ministry of Water and Environment. Over the last 25 years, Wilson has worked with the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), and the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), implemented by the Forestry Resources Research Institute-Uganda (FORRI) and USAID. Dr Bamwerinde holds a doctorate in Agroforestry Resource Economics from Makerere University, a M.Sc. in Environment and B.Sc. in forestry. Dr. Bamwerinde coordinates the day-to-day operations within East Africa.
Mr. Jonathan W. Moore AICP: Co-Founder and Co-Director,
Mr. Moore’s work focuses on sustainable agriculture, land use, conservation and renewable energy within the western Unites States. Working primarily in the public and nonprofit sectors, Jonathan established public/private partnerships with local, state and national entities. Leading rural community-based environmental conservation and sustainable development projects, Jonathan has played a vital role in the preservation and conservation of hundreds of thousands of acres.
Prior to starting his own consulting business, Jonathan served as the Director of Land Protection/Operations for Colorado Open Lands, a Statewide conservation organization. Under his leadership, Jonathan coordinated the organization’s land protection programs, including the Community Conservation Program, the Landowner Assistance Program, the Government Assistance Program and the Land Protection Fellowship Program. Jonathan facilitated conservation complex real estate projects including agricultural and open space easements, 1031 tax-free exchanges, donations & bargain sales, and sustainable development projects with private landowners, non-profit groups, government agencies, and rural communities. Jonathan has over 25 years experience working for local governments and the private sector on land use planning/community development projects ranging from large-scale site analysis and master planning, to conservation development projects. Jonathan has a Masters in Community and Regional Planning, a BA in Economics, and is accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Mr. Moore recently completed a Masters in Climate Change and Development at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, UK.
Mr Dan Namaara: Village Mobilizer,
Mr James Turyakira: Agroforestry Expert,
Mr Robert Sabimana: Agriculture/Permaculture Expert,
Hash: Boat Driver