“To be marginalized” in a Rwandan society means that you don’t have access to opportunities as other members of your community, and that lack of equal opportunity persists from generation to generation. What it feels like, day-to-day, is that your children are not able to freely play with your neighbor’s children, or that you are [...]
Category: Natural Resource Management
Water is one of the most basic necessities of life, but something that many people struggle to find within the Virunga Landscape. Annual rainfall is plentiful but water sources are rare due to the volcanic geology that either forces rainwater to quickly runoff or infiltrate deeply. The International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), as part of [...]
As part of our work on land tenure reform near the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, we have compiled the findings from the public dialogue and awareness programme which we conducted in three cells of Musanze District. This task was delivered in partnership with the National Land Centre (NLC). The exercise preceded the registration of [...]
There are many things that a family passes from generation to generation- customs, morals, stories- but in the Great Lakes region of Africa, there is one thing above all else on which the next generation can stake it’s economic prosperity- land. Near Volcanoes National Park (PNV) in northwest Rwanda, population densities range between 500-1000 people [...]
Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is home to a some of the last remaining mountain gorillas and the hub of national tourism activities. It is perhaps one of the intensely protected parks in Africa through government and NGO programs. It also exists in some of the most densely populated rural areas in Africa, with densities [...]
In September 2008, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) decreed the establishment of Gorilla Levy Funds designated to benefit communities in the Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Area (BMCA). Funds accrued from the sale of gorilla permits are channeled to local government authorities as a conditional grant. The conditions for the funds are that communities participate in the [...]
EEEGL is collaborating with the Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the Districts neighboring the Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Area on a review the bye-laws regulating the access to the park and its resources by local people. We recently met with Rogers Akatwijuka, who is the Natural Resources Officer of Kanungu District. Rogers chairs the park bye-laws review task force in Kanungu District and we asked him about the progress of the activity.