A project on the Assessment of the impact and relationships of Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Area (BMCA) and adjacent local communities project that was funded by the Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust (BMCT) to a tune of UGX 34 million was completed in September 2017. The financial and technical reports were submitted and accepted by BMCT to close down the project in October 2017.
A project on Building Capacity of the Batwa Pygmies for Sustainable Income Generating Enterprises funded by the Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF) through the Kivulini Trust (KT) with 39,000usds was completed in October 2017. This project uses a cultural values approach to empower the marginalized Batwa people in income generating activities.
ITFC completed two projects that were funded by the Greater Virunga Transboundary Core Secretariat (GVTC) on the Water quality and quantity monitoring in and around Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Echuya central forest reserve (funded at USD$ 16,500) and another one on Hydrological Systems Assessment in the Lake Edward Basin of Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (with a fun
During 2017, ITFC submitted a proposal to Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust that was funded. The project title whose field work was completed is: Forest climbers (lianas/vines) harvest implications on local people’s food security and impacts on the plants’ population dynamics in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, S.W Uganda.
ITFC together with Dr. Jonathan Salerno and Prof. Joel Hartter from the University of Colorado Boulder, USA wrote and submitted a proposal for a project on; Forest fragments, biodiversity conservation, and the persistence of community resource management institutions in the African Albertine Rift to the National Geographic Society in September 2016.
In 2016, ITFC together with GVTC wrote and submitted a proposal for a project; “Enhancing capacity in Natural Resource Management and conflict resolution for stability and inclusive growth in the Greater Virunga Landscape- NICHE-GLR-264” in August 2016 to NUFFIC, part of the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development
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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