|Date||10 May 2008|
The primates and their habitats are being threatened by accelerating rates of forest conversion and degradation. Uganda’s forest cover has been reduced from 11% to 3% of the total land area (Howard, 2000) With 39% of the nation’s remaining forest cover in Buyoro (Nsamba. Pers. Com., 2002). With such a rate of conversion and an ever increasing human population dependent on an already depleted resource which is vital to the survival of an endangered species and other unique wildlife, this calls for an immediate attention, before certain species are driven into extinction.
Conservation education is an important avenue to explore in calling for a change from unfriendly environmental life styles to approaches that are in harmony with nature by providing tools and methods to solve some current environmental issues and instill a conservation ethic among people.
Further more, although some people may be aware of the dangers associated with forest conversion and resource depletion, the vast majority think only about current basic livelihood needs such as quick income, settlement among others, which largely stems from lack of education and biting poverty. Associating potential benefits of biodiversity protection will go along way in increasing more sustainable consumption of natural resources. Environmental education will increase awareness and therefore responsibility to wards the environment and wildlife. Chimpanzees are endangered; their conservation and protection of their habitats are of global significance. The areas being looked at are outside protected areas and in the Albertine Rift Valley hence, will create corridors to the protected areas with the chimpanzees.
Techniques on sustainable extraction of forest products will reduce degradation and overexploitation of natural resources within the areas and therefore empower the communities to manage natural resources better. The income generation activities will contribute to poverty reduction.
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