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Albertine Rift forests are recognized among the World’s top 200 ecosystems of extreme global importance for biodiversity conservation as the “Earth’s Most Biologically Valuable Ecoregions.” It includes many endemic species, across all taxa, several of which are rare, including gorillas, hippos, and African elephants in addition to endangered chimpanzees and many insects, reptiles, and plants not found anywhere else.
An important part of this project entails training farmers and local communities in agroforestry and other sustainable practices that integrate trees into agriculture. This helps to support livelihoods, nutrition, and soil health, and creates incentives to keep trees growing. Participants will also receive tools and training in tree nursery establishment and management for long-term restoration.
This project will establish Collaborative Forest Management (CFM) groups to monitor forests and patrol for any illegal activities.
Conservation strategies will also be integrated, such as sustainable production techniques that increase incomes while protecting forests, and protection of watersheds to improve groundwater recharge that feed wells and streams for wildlife and people alike.