The Kibale Fuel Wood Project (KFWP) helps to conserve Kibale National Park (KNP) in Uganda by addressing the needs of people living around its border in sustainable ways. The park is home to one of the densest populations of primates in Africa, including chimpanzees and at least 12 species of monkeys. With over 339 bird species, Kibale is classified as an Important Bird Area. It hosts 229 species of trees and shrubs, 77 species of mammals, 75 species of reptiles and amphibians, and at least 12 fish species.
Small scale logging by an ever-growing local population has become a major threat. The New Nature Foundation hopes that the KFWP will protect wildlife and improve people-park relations by empowering local citizens to find alternative, realistic solutions to their energy needs. It is the involvement and action of Ugandan citizens in this project that will make long-term conservation of KNP possible. Run by Ugandan staff, the KFWP promotes building fuel-efficient stoves, planting native trees well suited for firewood, and has an extensive education campaign, which includes village museums, outdoor video shows and annual conservation competitions.
The New Nature Foundation is based in Uganda and staffed by Ugandans who are passionate about their environment. The New Nature Foundation strives to conserve wild animals and wild places through education, empowerment, and an emphasis on creative solutions that promote people living in harmony with nature.
What can you do: The demand for energy has impacts all over the world, not just in the communities next to wild areas and animals. To lighten your impact on the world’s resources, switch to greenpower and ride your bicycle or take public transport to work.