people are provided with fresh water from the area
acres of buffer zone to be re-established around to park to secure sustainable livelyhood
WhereRwenzori Mountains National Park, Uganda
EconomyHempel Foundation: DKK 12,7 million
Rwenzori Mountains National Park covers nearly 1,000 square kilometres of lush hillside, also known as the Mountains of the Moon. Located on the boarder between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo the national park is a Key Biodiversity Area and also nominated as a Biodiversity hotspot.
The area is considered a national "water tower" providing 2 million people with fresh water, and both businesses and the population are depending on the area for access to water, farming, fishing, hydro power, transportation, industrial production etc.
The name 'Rwenzori' translates as 'rainmaker'.
The national park is under threat from deforestation, poaching and habitat fragmentation. Significant growth (est. 3.6 per cent pa) in an already dense population combined with extensive poverty means very limited access to farming land, jobs, construction materials and fire wood. Subsequently pushing the population further in to the park with illegal felling and poaching as result.
The national park strives to uphold the necessary park management and protection of the area, but the income is insufficient to halt a massive deforestation and substantial loss of biodiversity.
The project will develop and test various (local scale) models for sustainable income to catalyst the identification of one or several solutions to secure long term capacity for running the park and create financial incentives to sustain Rwenzori's extraordinary nature.
The project will aim to develop sustainable sources of income for the national park (tourism and ecosystem services) together with a component to provide locals with an alternative livelihood while protecting the park (regeneration of forest).
In the long run the project will contribute to sustaining the Greater Virunga Landscape as a complete ecosystem with diverse, protected and connected biotopes and habitats, so that its unique biodiversity and valuable ecosystem services are maintained for the local population.