About us

Training, research and networking

Our history

STEPUP was opened in 2016 to stir young people to contribute effectively to monitoring, appropriate response to climate change and ecosystem management. 

STEPUP contributed to Uganda’s Technology Needs Assessment blueprint for climate change adaptation

Created Mvua Water Harvesting Initiative Limited (MWHIL) through TEMARIN

Built base of young people from 7 participants focusing on environment monitoring and project management to university graduates in energy and petroleum program.

Mentored young people on conducting research on mapping Kalanamu forest, water levels in L.Victoria, floods and landslides for creating awareness on extent of climate effects in Uganda

Engaged youths in workshops

contributed to literature search such as AgriFoSe

Who we are

STEPUP Standard Limited is a team of researchers, administrative leads,  partners and a small group of part-timers

Our core values

Our vision

Young people participate meaningfully and contribute to evidence on sustainable environmental management

Our mission

To propel young people to actively participate and contribute to evidence and Knowledge transfer for environment and sustainable development

Join us in contributing to climate action and ecosystem management and monitoring.

The team

Sara Namirembe

Founder & Team leader
She is passionate about skilling young people in ecosystem management. She coordinates STEPUP consultancies. Previously, she worked with the World Agroforestry Centre, coordinating the Pro-poor Rewards for Environmental Services in Africa project. Her work mainly involved action research on the potential of Payments for Environmental Services in achieving sustainable land use in Africa. She has wide experience in promoting landscape-based approaches mostly focused on forestry, agroforestry and watersheds. She has served on the Board of Directors for National Environmental Authority (NEMA), Uganda. Earlier in her career, she worked as a lecturer and leader in Agroforestry and Community Forestry at Makerere University. During that time, she participated in a number of capacity building actions as a member of the African Network for Agroforestry Education (ANAFE). She holds a PhD in Forestry and Agricultural Sciences from University of Wales, UK.
Linda Mwesigwa

Partnerships and Communications Coordinator
She also facilitates the capacity-building programs in project management, communications, and environment monitoring. She has interacted with development partners, academia, and Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) in advocacy campaigns, dialogues (high level and community), research and policy design processes in the reproductive health and environment sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Microfinance and a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence. She was a co-host of Dopamine Podcast and is currently a Chief Editor at Words that Count.
Roy Rita Nabasumba

Research Assistant
Roy Rita Nabasumba joined STEPUP as an Environment Monitoring fellow and is currently a Research Assistant. She does online search for literature and extracts relevant information into databases, facilitates stakeholder workshops, and supervises research interns. She is currently contributing to the Technology Need Assessment (TNA) project and was previously part of the assessment of Food Security and Environmental Management Tradeoffs in East Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Microfinance and is a Climate Governance, Diplomacy and Negotiation Leadership Program fellow. She was in the banking space for three years before she transitioned to climate action.
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What we want to achieve


Up-skill youths for self development , contribute to green development and technology transfer


Youths contribute to research; enhance data transformation and utilisation, knowledge management and transfer, precision of Data


Youths interface with professionals and engage in environmental discourses; building relationships with schools; deployment of rainwater harvesting

Bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide and releases over 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere compared to an equivalent mass of trees.
Pollution is one of the biggest killers, affecting more than 100 million worldwide.
The world has over 3.04 trillion trees in the world and roughly 15 billion trees are felled each year.
Earth is expected to hit the critical threshold of 1.5°C warming due to climate change within the next 20 years -IPCC
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Our trusted partners

Interested in partnering with STEPUP?