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WWF, Partners Launch New Project on Restoration for Rwenzori

With funding from Hempel Foundation, WWF Uganda together with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) launched a new project dubbed “Restoration for a Resilient Rwenzori”.

This will be implemented in the districts of Kasese, Kabarole, Bunyangabu, Bundibugyo, and Ntoroko district.
According to Daniel Ndizihiwe, the project manager, this is an extension of the recently concluded ‘restoring the buffers of Rwenzori Mountains National Park (RMNP)’ project funded by the same Foundation through WWF Denmark.  
The project contact person at WWF Denmark Alexander Møller, stated that the new project envisions an inclusive conservation of Uganda’s Unique World Heritage Site through integrated park management and buffer stabilization to enhance ecosystem services, livelihood and climate.

At the inception meeting, WWF’s Conservation programs Manager, Simon Peter Weredwong stated that the project will consolidate WWF Uganda’s previous interventions particularly on Forest Landscape Restoration, effective forest ecosystem and protected areas management.
“Our efforts to create a resilient Rwenzori shall not only empower the communities against climate change but also enhance freshwater systems through restoring degraded catchment areas for the main rivers originating from Rwenzori Mountains National Park”, he said.
In 2015, WWF conducted research which showed that in Kasese district alone, the forested cover declined from 108,758.12 hectares in 1990 to 77,214.58 hectares in 2005, and the decline was projected to have escalated since.   
John Tibesigwa, the Senior Warden at Rwenzori Mountains National Park, stated that the recently ended project had set great projections for biodiversity restoration and livelihood improvement in the landscape. He committed that the Uganda Wildlife Authority will continue to work closely with WWF to actualize the project aspirations.
Rwenzori National Park has Africa's third highest mountain peak. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The “Restoration for a Resilient Rwenzori” project funded by Hempel Foundation through WWF Denmark is set to run for 5 years. At the end of the five years, we envision Local communities in the buffer zone with sustainable and improved livelihoods, reduced depletion of natural resources, Private sector and relevant stakeholders supporting restoration activities among others.
Camera trap technology installed in RMNP