WHO WE ARE
Community Initiatives for biodiversity conservation (CIBIC), is a not-for-profit community based organisation working to bring harmony between man and nature in communities around Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park, home of the renowned mountain gorillas.
We aim to improve the livelihoods of less fortunate women and the Completely forgotten Batwa Pygmies people in the areas neighboring the protected area, through demonstrating and empowering them to build and own small scale sustainable organic agricultural enterprises for food and income, meaning they no longer have to go poaching or encroach on park land, which for many people is the only way of earning money. This is by far the best way to protect the wonderfully beautiful national park; working with people who pose a threat to biodiversity, not against them.
Understanding the many threats to biodiversity is the first step towards protecting the forest and saving the gorillas. Uganda's children of today are the conservationists of tomorrow and so education is a vital part of what we do here, giving local people knowledge of environmental issues. This is how we build a future, not just the gorillas, but all species living here. Protecting the many habitats starts with helping local people most in need. Since traditionally they are farmers and food gatherers, improving their agricultural practices, land usage, technologies and market access can actually save people’s lives which in turn impacts on conservation.