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2019 ITFC Annual report

The Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation (ITFC) is a leading Ugandan research institution of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) based in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) at Ruhija, Rubanda District in Southwestern Uganda.  ITFC’s research is primarily focused on biodiversity conservation and the sustainable management of natural resources in the protected areas of the Albertine Rift ecoregion (a global biodiversity hotspot). ITFC was established in 1991 as a semi-autonomous research institution and field station of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) to carry out ecological and sociological research, monitoring and training. ITFC has built a highly creditable track record of conservation achievements that are of a global, national and local importance (http://itfc.must.ac.ug/directors-welcome, http://itfc.must.ac.ug/news). The growing human pressures on the natural resources in the Albertine rift ecoregion has further enhanced the value and need of ITFC’s  research by conservation managers in the region.