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Community-based Conservation

Community-based Conservation

Photo courtesy of the Kasiisi Project

UGANDA
Wood and charcoal are the sole sources of energy for the majority of people surrounding Kibale National Park, in Uganda, yet most villagers do not grow their own wood. Current legal sources of wood are diminishing rapidly as the human population increases, putting intense pressure on the National Park. Uganda is ranked among the top ten countries in the world in terms of animal and plant diversity. Kibale National Park is a key biodiversity hotspot, particularly for primates, and is also classified as an Important Bird Area. The Kibale Fuel Wood Project uses demonstrations and training to actively promote homegrown wood and fuel efficient stoves. Through an educational outreach program, the project enhances appreciation for the National Park while teaching and encouraging the use of environmentally sustainable practices. Supporting the creation of legal wood sources to satisfy human needs helps to protect the natural forest, support local livelihoods and improve park-people relationships.

UGANDA
The mission of the Kasiisi Project is to conserve Kibale National Park through programs that support education, health, and care for the environment. The Kasiisi Project works with a number of groups in and around Kibale National Park, targeting critical issues for the survival of the forest as well as support of the local population. Projects include early childhood education, conservation and health education, teacher training, literacy programs, student scholarships, school infrastructure and school lunch programs, and addressing the special needs of girls. The project works in 14 schools that support 10,000 primary school children. Education plays a vital role in conservation and is an important tool in the struggle to mitigate threats to wildlife and habitats. The Kibale Forest Schools program aims to impact the attitudes of village children about their forests and the wildlife that live in them and to spark a generation of committed rural conservationists. By learning about their environment, and the consequences of its degradation both to wildlife and humans, children recognize that they can take steps to protect it.

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