IGCP coalition members react to good news in mountain gorilla conservation

The International Gorilla Conservation Programme is a unique coalition of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).  IGCP also works in solidarity with the park authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. In light of the results that the mountain gorilla…

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It takes a village… to stop a buffalo

Bodouine Byibesho has a sharp eye for construction. Mama Bodouine, as she is called, is the president of an “association of mamas” who work to protect mountain gorillas, formally l’Association des Mamans encadrées par Kacheche pour la Protection des Gorilles des Montagnes (MAEKAPGOM).  The group of about 90 women works on multiple projects – reforestation,…

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Spreading the wealth from mountain gorillas

Having mountain gorillas in your backyard can, in many ways, be seen as a curse. They occasionally raid the gardens you depend on and work so hard to cultivate. And each and every day you see foreigners coming and going and spending money that never seems to benefit your family. Now, though, people who live…

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IGCP contributes to the International Primatological Society Congress

The 23rd International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress has drawn to a close. The theme of this congress was, “Quest for Coexistence with Nonhuman Primates.” During this congress, fruitful discussions and exchange of research and conservation programs on primate species all over the world took place on a broad spectrum of topics. Topics encompassed different domains…

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Merging climate models with local knowledge

Although all participants in a recent climate change workshop come from areas within sight of the mighty volcanoes that mark the borders between Rwanda, Uganda, and DRC, it took well-planned logistics to bring them together in the same room. There are issues of transportation as well as cultural and lingual inclusion. On Monday, September 20,…

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A Snapshot of Conservation Incentives in Rwanda

The women of Kinigi and Nyange Sector know what they are up against- population density is high and their farms are small. Seeking alternatives, they now sit together two days a week, meticulously binding and weaving colorful baskets. Women selling handicrafts to tourists might be something you can see in many parts of the world,…

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IGCP Thanks Mark Mwine for 8 Years of Service

It is with a mixture of sadness and sincere appreciation for his contributions to conservation that IGCP says farewell to Conservation Incentives Officer Mark Mwine. In an evening celebration on September 13 in Kabale, Mark was acknowledged in turn by over twenty colleagues and friends from not only IGCP, but Nature Uganda, CARE Uganda, CARE…

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14 Baby Gorillas Named in Ceremony

Earlier this month, 14 mountain gorillas were named during the 6th annual gorilla naming ceremony, Kwita Izina. With the entire mountain gorilla population critically low at approximately 680 individuals, each birth is cause for celebration. Thousands of people made their way the foot of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda to celebrate this year’s Kwita Izina…

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The work of IGCP is to facilitate collaborative actions for conservation of mountain gorillas and their habitat.

Anna Behm Masozera – IGCP Director