The Human Wildlife Resilience project has since 2016 strived to enhance resilience to community losses from wildlife incursions through development and implementation of a community led compensation scheme as a one of the incentive measures for community long term engagement in sustainable natural resource management.
The Uganda Biodiversity Fund (UBF), an independent institution (Trust) established as a mechanism to provide sustainable financing for the conservation of priority biodiversity in Uganda, provides grants to other institutions that are involved in the implementation of projects to protect biodiversity and eco-system services. Her mission is ‘to serve as a catalyst for mobilizing, managing and channeling financial resources for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in Uganda for the benefit of current and future generations. As a measure to understand and learn how UBF will fulfill its mandate towards its mission, USAID through Wildlife conservation society (WCS) availed an opportunity to UBF to grant at least $100,000 for the financial year 2016 / 2018. The “Human wildlife Conflict (HWC) Resilience Fund project” submitted by the Jane Goodall Institute in partnership with ECOTRUST, Chimpanzee Santuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust, after a rigorous selection process, then came to life.
Thus far, The HWC Resilience Fund Project has enabled Implementing Partners, Local governments and the community to;
- Undertake baseline assessments targeting improved management of approximately 2,167ha.
- Conduct a community visioning exercise, in which aspects of HWC were integrated
- Create awareness in all villages within the project site on HWC and Wildlife behavior
- Establish a local committee on HWC to address community interests and concerns on compensation and resilience to wildlife caused damage
- Develop an institutional and operational architecture of the community resilience fund with participation from several stakeholders including NGOs, NFA, UWA and Masindi District Local Government.
- Develop and begin to implement a monitoring system including baseline data collection, monitoring, identification and training of community-based monitors, acquisition of monitoring tablets and field gear.
- Bring on board private sector namely Kinyara Sugar Works, ESCO Ltd and Mukwano Limited, who are interested in green business value chains.
The official grant signing ceremony was held on Wednesday 13th February, 2019, in the presence of the press and all implementing partners.
About the Implementing Partners
The Jane Goodall Institute Uganda (JGI) is the lead implementer of this project and brings on board its knowledge and experience in Chimpanzee conservation and forest monitoring in the Albertine rift.
Chimpanzee Santuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust (Chimpanzee Trust) has over 10 years of experience in the proposed landscape and is working with JGI on chimpanzee conservation education and awareness.
ECOTRUST is working with JGI to develop the resilience scheme and to support access to carbon-based compensation mechanisms.