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Publications & Reports

The Impact of Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust and Uganda Wildlife Authority’s Funded Community Livelihood Projects in the Mitigation of Illegal Activities within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Year of publication
2021

Illegal resource access is a pressing biodiversity conservation and protected area management challenge. At Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Bwindi) in south western Uganda, poaching and unauthorised access to forest resources is rife, driven primarily by poverty. An Integrated Conservation and Development Program (ICDP) was established in Bwindi in 1994 to address local community livelihoods, whilst dissuading illegal activity and associated impacts on the protected area.

Woodlot management and livelihoods in a tropical conservation landscape

Year of publication
2021

In biodiversity hotspots, there is often tension between human needs and conservation, exacerbated when protected areas prevent access to natural resources. Forest- dependent people may compensate for exclusion by managing unprotected forests or cultivating planted woodlots. Outside Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, household wood product needs are high and population growth puts pressure on the environment. We investigated the role of privately and collectively managed woodlots in provisioning wood products and supporting local livelihoods.

Regulated access to wild climbers has enhanced food security and minimized use of plastics by frontline households at a premier African protected area

Year of publication
2020

The amount of food harvested, processed and stored by households determines food availability—a key dimension to food security. In developing countries, frontline households around protected areas harvest wild climbers for making food security products. When access to the wild climbers is denied, households adapt by using other available alternatives such as plastics with potential con- sequences to biodiversity. The relationships between harvesting wild climbers and: (a) food availability, (b) plastic use, and (c) wild climber populations have rarely been investigated.

VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENTS OF PROTECTED AREAS OF THE GREATER VIRUNGA LANDSCAPE VIS A VIS CLIMATE CHANGE AND OTHER THREATS TO BIODIVERSITY UNDER DIFFERENT CLIMATE CHANGE SCENARIOS

Year of publication
2019

The study was carried out under the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) involving the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda. The collaborative transboundary framework of programs, plans and activities is aimed at conserving the network of Protected Areas (PAs) in the Greater Virunga Landscape (GVL).

Beyond gorillas Local economic development through tourism at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Year of publication
2019

The Local Economic Development Through Pro-Poor Tourism project has demonstrated that it is possible to develop sustainable livelihood opportunities from tourism – even when they are not based on the main tourism attraction themselves. At Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, tourists visit to see gorillas. None of the enterprises supported by this project are offering gorilla viewing tours, yet they all have complementary products that can enhance the main tourism attraction.