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Restoring Rwenzori: Community Action Towards Environmental Resilience

In a concerted effort to safeguard the ecological integrity of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, WWF under the "Restoration for a Resilient Rwenzori, R3" project funded by the Hempel Foundation, have mobilized over 410 households to restore 455 hectares of land within the park's buffer zone.

"With these indigenous tree seedlings and the guidance provided, we are empowered to contribute directly to the protection of our environment. Our children and future generations will inherit a healthier, more sustainable ecosystem because of this initiative,” stated one of the community members.

Mr. Daniel Ndizihiwe, the project manager, emphasized the pivotal role of community involvement in conservation efforts.

 "Working hand in hand with local communities is not just important; it's imperative," he said adding that communities are the custodians of the land surrounding the Rwenzori Mountains National Park.
“By engaging them in restoration activities, we not only foster a sense of ownership and stewardship but also ensure the long-term viability of conservation endeavors.”

He further elaborated on the significance of restoring the buffer zone, a crucial protective barrier for the national park, shielding it from encroachment, habitat degradation, and the adverse impacts of human activities.

By restoring this buffer, WWF not only enhances the resilience of the park's ecosystem but also mitigates the effects of climate change, safeguarding the biodiversity and natural resources it harbors. The restoration efforts will also enhance improved crop production through traditional integrated agroforestry systems, hence overall community livelihood improvement.
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Mrs Biira Terrevine is one of the women that are taking lead on the conservation efforts around Rwenzori Mountains National Park