The recovery of the Kibale/ Queen Elizabeth National Park CorridorWhere in the World?
Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of CongoGrant:
The Kibale Corridor is home to the threatened but viable populations of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red Listed Species of African elephant, hippo, chimpanzee, lion, leopard, GiantForest hog, Nile crocodile and shoebill stork.
The objective is to recover the 400km≤ Kibale Corridor - encompassing nearly 25% of Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area - and in doing so protect a Ramsar Site (recognising its global importance for bird conservation), Biosphere Reserve and a critical 'genetic' connection in Africa's largest and most biodiverse network of protected areas. The Corridor is the last existing area that can add to the highly pressured rangelands available to charismatic fauna in south western Uganda.
The wildlife of the Kibale Corridor has literally been wiped out over the past 40 years, leaving less than a dozen elephants and few hippo (there were once well over 2,000 elephants using the area).
Large scale crop raiding (wild animals threatening local livelihoods by damaging food production) is a major problem due to:
These factors have left the elephants, and other animals, hemmed in. Opening up the Kibale Corridor, which is currently almost barren of wildlife but with abundant available resources, is therefore critical to release pressure on wildlife and farmers alike.
The impact of this project will be widespread and sustained. Through a combination of law enforcement, cutting back the dense bush and removing snares, animals are being encouraged back into the Kibale Corridor. Alternatives to poaching are being explored with the local communities in addition to sensitisation to the benefits they can gain from community conservation.
"We are delighted that the BBC Wildlife Fund has recognised the huge potential for biodiversity preservation offered by recovery of the Kibale Corridor. Recovering the Corridor for wildlife will release the huge pressure on farmers living close to the parks, offer greater genetic diversity in critically endangered species and boost wildlife numbers, crucial to development of tourism and thus economic development"
Michael Keigwin of the Ugandan Conservation Foundation
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