The project is located in the far north of Kibale National Park (KNP) in Uganda, which is managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
In spite of this chaotic recent past, the KNP concentrates on its 795 km2 of tropical forest an extraordinary biodiversity, as well as threatened and emblematic species like the chimpanzee and forest and savannah elephants.
This area is now severely degraded
- around the park, by agricultural activities that contribute to deforestation, reduce biodiversity and pollute soils and rivers
- and in the forest, by illegal harvesting of the park’s plant and wildlife resources, associated with a feeling of injustice regarding a protected area which, according to the forest-dwellers, forbidden to enter the park since 1993, only generates poverty and malnutrition.
The project is organized in four components:
- Strengthening the collective governance of the riparian communities in Sebitoli and the institutions involved: implementation of activities to strengthen the governance of the park’s riparian communities;
- Reduction of human-wildlife conflict and nuisance in the northern part of the KNP and improvement of human and animal health: implementation of collective actions to repel elephants in the northern part of KPN;
- Development and economic valuation of activities encouraging collaborative conservation: conducting a technical and economic feasibility study of income generating and protein farming activities in villages;
- Coordination of activities and operations of the project: efficient project management and coordination among all stakeholders;
- Improving the collective and participative governance of KNP riverside communities in the Sebitoli area and in the 6 targeted villages, as well as their coordination with UWA.
- Reducing the negative impacts of wildlife on riverside communities in the northern zone of the KNP and vice versa:
- Food insecurity and poverty caused by crop loss resulting from incursions
- Poaching and environmental pollution that probably cause chimpanzee malformations / sterility.
- Valuing organic production and fair trade of existing crops on the edge of the KNP in the Sebitoli area (tea, coffee, food crops) and initiating and initiating the development of new sectors (non-palatable crops for large fauna, castor oil, vanilla, organic peppers, Prunus africana, fish farming, edible insects…) to ensure food security and increasing incomes, reducing illegal activities, limiting human and animal health problems (including pollinators) and encouraging communities to collaborate with the preservation of the environment.