With nearly half of all primate species in danger of becoming extinct, funds for their conservation are more desperately needed than ever. Mountain gorillas are one of the most charismatic symbols of Central Africa‚Äôs incredible biodiversity. Focusing its efforts on the endangered mountain gorilla and its forest home, the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) works on groundbreaking cross-boundary conservation projects in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to prevent the extinction of these gentle creatures. Since 1991 the IGCP has helped increase the number of mountain gorillas by a massive 17% and is providing them with a lifeline to the future.
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The IGCP has three goals: ‚Ä¢ To strengthen the protection of endangered mountain gorillas ‚Ä¢ To establish a strong information base to allow decision-makers to understand the dynamics between the human population and impacts on wildlife and natural resources ‚Ä¢ To work with local communities to develop livelihoods that work in harmony with conservation Formed in 1991, IGCP comprises three partners: Fauna & Flora International (FFI), the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The programme brings together the joint experience of African conservation professionals with experts from many different parts of the world, both as part of the team and as partners on the ground. Effective conservation of endangered species and habitats has become increasingly complex in this part of Africa due to the political instability of the region. We have adopted an approach which allows us to respond in a flexible manner to the needs and priorities on the ground. One of the principal characteristics of the programme is that it is regional, basing its activities in the forest habitat that lies across the shared borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Vital activities include: monitoring and surveillance, nature-based tourism, development, training, communication and sharing of experiences; planning, community participation and conservation enterprise development, as well as park management planning. How you can help: ‚Ä¢ Train and support a park ranger, for one year ¬£1,000 ‚Ä¢ Support livelihood projects, such as bee keeping and wood carving, for one year ¬£6,000 ‚Ä¢ Start-up and management costs for new gorilla tourism projects, for one year ¬£30,000
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