In the remote Itombwe Nature Reserve in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), mining increasingly threatens nature conservation efforts.…[details]
Wherever gorillas occur, human settlements are usually not far away: over recent decades, the human populations have gone up a lot and they occupy ever more of the forested areas, however remote. For this reason, cases where the interests of gorillas and those of people clash are more and more frequent.
WHY ARE THERE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST BETWEEN PEOPLE AND GORILLAS?
If a forest is logged, the animals may fail to find enough food and so help themselves from the farmers' fields. The farmers defend themselves against the destruction of their livelihood by trying to chase away the plunderers, occasionally killing gorillas in the process. Animals that are used to people are more likely to penetrate into the vicinity of human settlements and are therefore particularly at risk.
HOW CAN THESE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST BE SOLVED?
In the densely populated areas near the habitats of the mountain gorillas, committees have been formed to demonstrate to the farmers how they can chase off the gorillas without hurting them. This model has been so successful that other areas have also adopted it. In addition, many projects train teachers to help them develop children's awareness of the local fauna in school and teach them to build a good relationship with their environment.
"For the past ten years, we had given up on planting maize. Buffalos could raid our farms a few weeks to harvesting and we could make immense losses.…[details]
A Year of Protection of the Sarambwe Nature Reserve by Trackers Unsupported by Rangers: Results and Lessons Learnt
The protection of protected areas…[details]
Another Attack on Rangers in the Virunga National Park
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Conflict between people and animals is one of the main threats to the continued survival of many wildlife species and also represents risks to local…[details]
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Cross River gorillas are found in isolated forest blocks including the Bechati-Fossimondi-Besali forest area in Lebialem Division, southwest Cameroon.…[details]
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In the surroundings of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park's corridor, community committees discussed the most urgent needs. According to their priority…[details]