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ITFC Theses

An impressive number of MSc and PhD student projects has been carried out and supervised from ITFC since 1988. Many of the graduates have gone on to occupy important positions in conservation and education throughout the country. Find here a chronological overview;  hard copies of (most ) these are available in ITFC's library.
Institutions and Transboundary Protected Area Management - 2011

Protected areas (PAs) have dominated biodiversity and conservation strategies worldwide for the past 100 years and are a major land-use category in Africa. After a long history of ‘fortress’ conservation, excluding local communities, ethics and efficacy were called in to question, heralding a new age of more inclusive, integrated conservation. PAs that cross national borders are common in Africa and influential, international conservation actors, focussing on ecological arguments to secure landscape-level conservation, are currently promoting the transboundary protected area management (TBPAM) governance strategy to establish joint management of PAs across borders.

Genetic Analysis of the Social Structure in Wild Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. - 2005

Knowledge of animals’ mating systems is a key element in understanding their natural history. Mating systems describe the ways in which animal societies are structured in relation to sexual behaviour and the manner in which males and females interact for the purpose of reproduction. Conflicting interests – males tend to go for quantity and female for quality - culminates in different reproductive strategies between the sexes.

Foraging Behaviour of Equatorial Afrotropical Stingless Bees - 2008

Little is known about the behaviour and ecology of Afrotropical bees, so this study endeavoured to examine how the native Afrotropical honey-making bees (honeybees and stingless bees) co-exist through partitioning of resources. The focus was on the foraging ecology of stingless bees, specifically habitat selection and competition for resources, and various studies were conducted on a number of stingless bee species and African honeybees in order to describe their ecology and behaviour. Elements from nest site and use, predation, food supply, resource partitioning and pollen foraging, to floral resource utilisation, nectar selection and sucrose concentration were studied in order to elucidate the behaviour and ecology of Afrotropical honey-making bees.

Conservation Status and Determinants of Golden Monkey Abundance in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park - 2007

Golden monkey (Cerecopithecus mitis kandti) populations in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (MGNP) have continued to decline over past years, despite improved protection. This study aimed to determine the important factors affecting populations of this endangered sub-species of C. mitis in the Virunga ranges, with particular reference to the MGNP. Specifically, it aimed to: determine habitat characteristics important for maintenance of the Golden monkey population, determine which foods are important to Golden monkeys and consider this in light of what is known for related subspecies in other habitats.

Armed Conflicts and Forests - 2005

Wars have impacted on forests for more than 3000 years, often with devastating effects. Forests, more specifically, the exploitation of their resources, particularly timber, have facilitated many recent military conflicts, with dramatically averse effects. This MSc thesis examines the effect of armed conflicts on forests, focussing on south-western Uganda, through a literature review as well as data from interviews with Ugandans who lived through the Rwandan conflict.