Save Murchison Falls

A proposed dam threatens a rich Ugandan wilderness

To date, Murchison Falls National Park has been known for its namesake waterfall and the many species that call this area home. But a private company is attempting to build a hydroelectric plant along the river that feeds the falls, which would be a serious and significant blow to the area and to the tourism industry so important to Uganda's economy.

Opposition to this plan is growing in Uganda. We must add our voices to stop it.

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Our Statement

"The addition of the newly proposed power plant to energy extraction operations already planned would be a serious and significant blow to Uganda’s largest national park, its iconic and threatened wildlife, and the tourism industry at the heart of Uganda’s domestic economy,” said Tim Tear, Executive Director of the WCS Africa Program.

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In the Ugandan News

Many voices in Uganda, across multiple sectors, are arguing that damming the river that feeds Murchison Falls is a bad idea. There needs to be a global response that emphasizes the importance of this national park, and other national parks like it, as well.

Hub of Biodiversity

It was only a few years ago that scientists found the park to be twice as rich in wildlife as previously thought and one of the region’s foremost centers of biodiversity.

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

1,330 elephants

In June 2014, aerial surveys conducted by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and WCS observed an estimated 1,330 elephants in Murchison Falls National Park.

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