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Protecting Mountain gorillas

26.01.2021

CONSERVATION PROBLEM

Mountain gorillas are rebounding from the brink of extinction. But significant threats remain, now worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. The lack of tourism in Volcanoes National Park has removed a major funding source for both the national park and the local communities. Insecure access to food, as a result of the economic decline, may increase the likelihood of people cutting down vegetation to generate income. Worst of all, the local communities may also hunt for bushmeat using snares, which often accidentally ensnare gorillas.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • Continue the high-level protection of mountain gorillas and their natural habitat;
  • Improve food security in the communities around Volcanoes National Park;
  • Decrease the reliance on the park’s resources for income.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • Conduct daily patrols in Volcanoes National Park, remove any threats to the gorillas’ habitat and check their health;
  • Deploy staff for antipoaching patrols;
  • Train 200 local community members on suitable land use and agricultural techniques;
  • Train 15 households in sustainable and alternative livelihood programmes involving techniques such as mushroom cultivation and rainwater tanks;
  • Train 200 local community members on savings and credit management, and establish a savings scheme.

This project is a part of the IUCN SOS African Wildlife initiative, which is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG Devco) through its B4Life initiative.



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