The project is a solution to poverty and conservation in the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
About the Implementing organization
Name: Nkurigo Community Conservation Development Foundation
Year of establishment: 2004
Type of organization: Legally recognized non-profit status
The project that was set up generates income and the income, in turn, is used to do environmentally income among the communities in the southern sector of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The project has led to the conservation of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda (BIFNP) popular for threatened Apes and their abundance of (gorillas) in the region. The planting of trees in the pocket forests has led to the conservation of biodiversity. Due to sensitization, the wetlands surrounding Bwindi have regenerated as a result of awareness raising.
Forests / Wetlands / Wildlife
Type of Action
Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Access and benefit sharing / Awareness and education / Advocacy for land & water rights
Sustainable Development Element
Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Climate action
The project has led to the conservation of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda (BIFNP) popular for threatened Apes and their abundance of (gorillas) in the region. The planting of trees in the pocket forests has led to the conservation of biodiversity. Due to sensitization, the wetlands surrounding Bwindi have regenerated as a result of awareness raising.
Sustainable Development Impacts
Using cultural practices such as Batwa dances and music which are very unique and not documented anywhere are contributing to the conservation of the natural resources. In addition, they bring in more money because the Batwa were organised into music group that stages plays and music for money. More so, community tourism is also contributing to the sustainability of the project- the tourists who come to the communities pay a fee which contributes to the development of the community. Groups to generate sustainable earnings to contribute to the Habitat Conservation Fund for the Batwa Children’s Welfare.
The project is being scaled up by doing other projects which lead to conservation around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park these projects include planting tree in the buffer zone which has minimised problem animal in the area. A number of communities that surround the southern sector of BINP are not members of NCCDF. NCCDF only covers the sub-counties of Nyabwishemya and Kirundo sub-counties. Even then, in Nyabwishenya, NCCDF covers only Nteko and out Nyerutembe parish are being incorporated to benefit all the communities around Bwindi
The project can be replicated in other communities which have tourists attractions in Uganda and beyond. It has been proven that the partnership between and private sector can generate more income in the community. The capacities and competencies in the parishes of Rubuguri and Nteko that is enabling them to generate a sustainable stream of direct financial benefits through the development of profitable, tourism and non-tourism based enterprises thereby contributing to incentives for effective natural resource management and gorilla conservation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be replicated.
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