|Town/Region||Volcanoes National Park|
|Categories||Conflict, Mammals, Primates|
|Date||23 May 2018|
In Volcanoes National Park, resources have been invested in the construction and maintenance of physical barriers as direct human-wildlife conﬂict (HWC) mitigation strategy. Compensation, tourism revenues sharing, regulated access to some forest resource use and community outreach programs are indirect strategies to support communities living at the fringes (Munanura, 2016, Munanura et al., 2013).
However, HWC continues to be a challenge to the management of the park and very little has been done in terms of monitoring the outcome and impact of various strategies implemented to prevent or mitigate the conﬂicts (Mc Guinness, 2016). A wide variety of animal species are involved in crop raiding and the impact they cause to VNP neighbouring communities is signiﬁcant (Kalpers et al., 2010, Mc Guinness, 2016). This research project therefore intends to analyse the problem of crop raiding by mountain gorillas around the Volcanoes National Park.
The study will also lead to suggest strategies for living in harmony with wild animals. Information generated by this study will help to improve the knowledge and understanding of protected area managers as one of them, and the people on how to reduce the impacts resulting from crop raiding by gorillas.
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