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After a long history of protectionist, ‘fortress’ conservation, it is now accepted that if conservation is to succeed, communities surrounding national parks in developing countries should benefit from conservation. 

This thesis documents research into, and the establishment of, pilot schemes for local community use of plant resources from within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) in Uganda as a method for enhanced conservation, and preliminary planning at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (MGNP), at a time when community involvement was a new idea.

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