2019
by Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association (RWCA)

Community Outreach for the Conservation of Endangered Golden Monkeys in Volcanoes National Park

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2019
by Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association (RWCA)

Community Outreach for the Conservation of Endangered Golden Monkeys in Volcanoes National Park

The aim of the project is to reduce drastically farmer-golden monkey conflict manifested in terms of crop raiding and retaliatory killings or injuries in farmlands adjacent to Volcanoes National Park through working with communities to devise workable strategies for mitigating crop raiding and educating the local communities about golden monkey conservation in order to promote harmonious coexistence between farmers and the monkeys.

 

Questionnaire survey to assess local attitudes and concerns about golden monkey and other primates. Using education materials to raise awareness and educate the local communities on golden monkey conservation. Forming, training and equipping 10 Volunteer Crop Ranger Groups (VCRGs) to undertake crop protection activities. Capacity building workshops and Conservation education for farmer groups (FG), Community Based Conservation Education Volunteers (ANICOs), and local leaders (LL) to better handle farmer golden monkey conflicts. Devising locally appropriate strategies for managing crop raiders. Organizing excursions for crop rangers, local leaders, cooperative leaders, and conservation education volunteers to learn best practices around other national parks.

Name organisation:
Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association (RWCA)
Start date:
01-07-2019
Funding:
€8690
Country/Territory:
Rwanda
Name organisation:
Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association (RWCA)
Start date:
01-07-2019
Funding:
€8690
Country/Territory:
Rwanda Africa

The promotion of harmonious coexistence between farmers and golden monkeys

Human-Wildlife Conflict manifested in terms of crop raiding is a major concern in farmlands bordering the Volcanoes National Park. The endangered golden monkey (Cercopithecus kandti) whose population is believed to be declining is one of the major perpetrators of crop raiding. Their crop raiding behavior leads to ongoing conflict with the local community resulting into retaliatory killings and/ or traumatic injuries. The Government of Rwanda together with the park management and other conservation partners put in place various measures for addressing the problem (e.g. construction of the stone wall, digging of trenches, compensating losses, and several other strategies). However, these efforts have not yielded much in eradicating completely the problem of crop raiding. Crop raiding animals continues to be a threat to farming activities undermining community livelihoods. The aim of the project is to reduce drastically farmer-golden monkey conflict manifested in terms of crop raiding and retaliatory killings or injuries in farmlands adjacent to Volcanoes National Park through working with communities to devise workable strategies for mitigating crop raiding and educating the local communities about golden monkey conservation in order to promote harmonious coexistence between farmers and the monkeys.