Rebecca Goldstone and Michael Stern
Organization: Chimp-n-Sea Wildlife Conservation Fund
Location: Villages surrounding Kibale National Park, Uganda
Research: Kibale Community Fuel Wood Project - Expansion Phase
Wood and charcoal are the sole sources of energy for the majority of people surrounding Kibale National Park (KNP), yet most villagers do not grow their own wood. Current legal sources of wood are diminishing rapidly as the human population increases, putting intense pressure on the National Park. Kibale is home to countless amazing species, including two endangered primates, and has also been classified as an Important Bird Area. Reducing this amazing natural wonder to firewood would be appalling. The current project establishes demonstration areas and actively promotes homegrown wood. Through an educational outreach program, the project seeks to enhance appreciation for the National Park while teaching and encouraging the use of environmentally sustainable practices. By assisting in the creation of a legal wood source to satisfy human needs, the project will better protect the natural forest and improve park-people relationships.
Rebecca and Michael were also awarded a Small Grant in 2006.