communities

Participatory 3-D Mapping of Bwindi by Batwa

The Batwa are the original inhabitants of the forests in SW Uganda. The dense vegetation was their home.  However, with the gazetting of most of these areas as National Parks  in the 1990’s, strict laws were introduced. Consequently, the Batwa had no access to the forests for food, shelter, medicines and other goods and values that they used to find so freely. Without the skills or (in many cases) the land to be farmers the Batwa have suffered.

Human Wildlife Conflict studies

Wildlife is one of Uganda’s great natural resources. It is the foundation of its nature-based tourism, one of the nation’s main foreign exchange earners. At the same time, however, Uganda’s wildlife is under enormous pressure as a result of a fast growing human population surrounding the remaining wildlife habitats. This leads to conflicts between frontline communities and Protected Areas, their wildlife, and their staff.

Understanding motivation for illegal activities in Bwindi

A joint project of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), ITFC, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), funded by the Darwin Initiative UK.

Batwa Cultural Values project

Resource use (Multiple Use Program)

Plant use by local people in and around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) is as old as mankind that has lived there. Humans used plants for food, medicine, craft making, clothing, building and artwork. When Bwindi forest was made a National Park in 1991, local people were stopped from harvesting resources from the park, yet they played an important role in their livelihoods. Conflicts arose between BINP managers and local people, resulting in widespread fires and intense poaching.

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