Uganda’s forest cover now barely reaches 8 percent, a rapid and steady decline from the 24 percent of the 1990s. Illicit logging is one of the main causes of this widespread deforestation. Communities living around plundered forests are often forcibly displaced as a consequence of deforestation, as they struggle to continue farming in the face of deadly landslides. Uganda has government bodies and agencies that are mandated to ensure environmental protection but over the last years we continue to see vast giveaway of gazetted forests and wetlands that are critical climate safety nets under their watch and sometimes with their express approval. Parliament of Uganda has offered leadership in ensuring that there is legislation to advance environmental protection however still falls short of passing the much-needed climate change bill. In conversations with many Environment protection stakeholders and grassroot Human Rights Defenders, it became apparent that we needed to occupy this gap and scale up thoughts processes around policy influence and pro-active thinking towards sustained Environmental protection action. Communities are often left out of this often-important conversation. We therefore formalised the idea into an institution that can place a stronghold on environmental protection and leave its footprints for the future generation.