Habitat Restoration and Alternative Livelihoods to Conserve Chimpanzees on Community Land in Uganda

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Project details

  • Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project (BCCP)
  • Kyabigambire; Key Parishes: Bulindi, Buraru, Kibugubya
  • Kiziramfumbi; Key Parishes: Bulimya, Munteme.
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation
  • February 12th, 2019 to August 31st, 2019.

Project Goal:

Increased local people’s capacity to conserve and restore natural forest on their land and to accommodate wild chimpanzees in their environment.

Objectives

  • Reduce pressure on remaining natural forest by delivering local livelihood alternatives and through provision of energy- saving stoves at key sites.
  •  Restore and conserve critical chimpanzee habitat in three key areas in the corridor.
  • Increase tolerance towards and understanding about chimpanzees through a dedicated sensitization and outreach program.

Problem statement.

Great apes living outside protected areas receive less conservation attention than populations inside. In Hoima District, Uganda (also including parts of adjacent Masindi and Kikuube districts), approximately 300 wild chimpanzees in 10 resident groups survive in unprotected, fast-disappearing forest fragments around villages.

BCCP was therefore established in response to this urgent conservation situation and its approach recognizes that conserving great apes outside protected areas is possible only by improving lives of people sharing landscapes with them. This approach directly addresses the root causes of why local people continue to clear forest inhabited by chimpanzees