Worldwide Projects

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Recent Worldwide Projects Rainforest Concern - Rainforest protection - Working with indigenous Yananawa people in Brazil RSPB - Illegal hunting of migratory birds GRABE-BENIN - Trees of Life Melca - Ethiopia forest re-generation and re-planting projects Fauna & Flora International - The International Gorilla Protection Programme MICAIA, Mozambique - Restoration of indigenous forests, Manica Province Mupo Foundation - Restoring Depleted Forests, Limpopo Province, South Africa Wildlife Conservation Society - Ambatotsirongorongo Forest Restoration Project - Madagascar David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation - Conservation of the Indian one-horned rhinoceros Orangutan Foundation - Orangutang habitat protection - Tanjung Putting National Park Indonesia Polar Bear International - Polar Bear monitoring - Canada

Fauna & Flora International

Young mountain gorilla in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Photo © Juan Pablo Moreiras, FFI

www.fauna-flora.org

The International Gorilla Protection Programme

The International Gorilla Protection Programme is a coalition of three international conservation organisations Fauna and Flora, WWF and the African Wildlife Foundation. Their aim is to protect the remaining 700 mountain Gorillas in the Central Albertine Rift area (Rwanda, Democratic Republic Congo, and Uganda) one of the most densely populated in Africa.The project Restore UK supports protects the Gorillas shrinking indigenous habitats within th enational parks by providing the local communities with an alternative source of wood for fuel and construction, and working with them to 'find new ways of reducing pressure on the forest resources'. Restore have helped support the project's work with communities who are planting fast-growing exotic tree species and native bamboo in carefully managed woodlots - reducing the need for illegal harvesting from within the national parks. This is crucial as bamboo is an important food staple for the gorillas. The forest itself has been boundary fenced to act as a physical barrier to illegal encroachment and this has been extremely successful in reducing human-wildlife conflict. The project is also encouraging sustainable livelihoods through the establishment of non-timber based livelihood strategies. Amongst these are beekeeping and curios making. The project is already attaining positive results with a recent increase in gorilla populations of around 17%

http://www.restoreuk.org/projectsww.php?prj=185

We do not have the moral right to destroy this wonder of the natural world. We are at the very last tick of the clock. We have to take this opportunity and if we do not do something to protect these forests we have betrayed the generations that come after us.

Sir David Attenborough
Speech on Rainforests to Business Leaders, Mansion House, London, 2008