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Conservation Issue

The Kitomi Forest Reserve in Uganda is home to two of the most highly threatened mammalian species; the chimpanzee and the African elephant. Wildlife in the forest reserve is under constant threat, due to both an increase in poaching and the loss of habitat as human populations increase.

FOC has been supporting the 'Elephant, Crops and People' (ECP) project in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, for four years. Michael Keigwin, Director of ECP recently formed the Ugandan Conservation Foundation to help raise funds for and support wildlife conservation across Uganda. The Kitomi Forest Reserve project is one of the first to receive funds.

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Wildlife

Kashoya – Kitomi Forest Reserve comes under the auspices of Uganda’s National Forestry Authority. Covering over 400 square kilometers, the rainforest is part of a network of protected areas around the Queen Elizabeth National Park, forming what is arguably the largest and most biodiverse region in Africa.
 
Wildlife in the Kitomi reserve is under threat due to an increase in poaching, primarily to fuel the commercial bushmeat trade. Much of the hunting is carried out through snaring and the laying of jaw-traps. These are indiscriminate in what they catch and cause extreme pain, loss of blood, starvation and stress to those animals trapped in them. Due to a lack of funding, there is little or no law enforcement within the Reserve, enabling trap and snare laying to increase. Through our partners, the Uganda Conservation Foundation (UCF) we are delighted to be extending our support to this threatened habitat with a snare removal project.
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Habitat

The Kitomi Forest Reserve in the Albertine Rift Valley in Uganda includes the important water catchments areas of Lake Edward and Lake George Basins. The west side of the reserve connects with other protected areas (with varying degree of protection) that eventually lead to the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Parc Nationale des Virunga.

Together these form one of the largest and most diverse remaining networks of protected areas in Africa. Through this project we hope to protect the biodiversity of the Kitomi Forest Reserve, which is an integral part of these protected areas.


Community

The second phase of the project will aim to build links with local communities surrounding the Reserve. Viable populations of wildlife will only be able to remain in the forest if communities surrounding the Reserve understand its conservation need and benefit from its existence.

Awareness raising and education regarding the unsustainability of hunting for the bushmeat trade will be carried out in schools and local communities. The field assistants will also be used to develop a series of schools conservation education activities within the Reserve.

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