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Joel Markmorris Wako


Joel Markmorris Wako


Joel Markmorris Wako holds an MSc in Environment and Natural Resource Management at Makerere University Kampala, Uganda. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Social Administration obtained from Uganda Christian University. He has conducted and assisted in research and data collection, environmental education, and community engagements in different places. He has had a number of hands-on experiences and training in environmental
conservation, research, communication, rapporteuring, documentation, and media relations; policy and advocacy; grant writing/fundraising; project management; organisation management, and palliative care.

Wako has over 10 years of experience in environmental conservation, communication, resource mobilisation, advocacy, and partnership, including state and non-state actors gained in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and India.

Currently, Wako is the Uganda Programme Development Officer with Albertine Rift
Conservation Society (ARCOS Network). His overall responsibility is to coordinate the
development, instigation, and delivery of a sustainable fundraising strategy in Uganda, which is aligned with the ARCOS Strategic Plan. He has been on a team that gathered and synthesized adaptation solutions for the Adaptation at Altitude Project in East Africa (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and South Sudan) that produced the ‘Mountains ADAPT Solutions from East Africa,’ booklet.

In 2010, Wako was recognised with a fellowship as a promising young East African
Environmentalist during the 20th Eastern Africa Environment Network (EAEN) annual
conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

Wako has an interest in reading and writing, blogging, sightseeing, nature conservation,
environmental education, and bird watching. He loves adventure; smooth jazz music and
Formula One motorsport.