Creating a resilient community with potential to make a sustainable living on the land and other resources they have and with positive attitude towards biodiversity conservation
The staff and management worked together to create this shared vision. We understand that over the last centuries, people have been sustaining their living through subsistence agriculture while others like the Batwa pygmies through food gathering and hunting. Time came when subsistence farming can no longer help people to survive and no more opportunity to access free food from the wild. This is because land have been over cultivated, fragmented due to increasing population and forested areas protected to conserve nature. Our concern is how less fortunate and vulnerable poor people can cope up with life on the diminishing land resource. That is why we become lifeless to put up and equip our community demonstration farm as an initiative for unlocking limitations for the people we serve. We believe that if people can see, learn and be supported to own similar enterprises we are demonstrating on the Centre, and extend outreach services to the farmers household gardens and be aided to access market for their produce, then it’s our hope that people can have access to food, income and hence reduce poverty thus reduced pressure to conserved biodiversity.
To conserve biodiversity through providing alternative sources of living outside the protected areas by training and supporting local youth, women and Batwa Pygmies neighboring the parks in organic agriculture for nutritious foods, incomes and sustainable development
At Community Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation, we understand that for environment to be conserved, man must have positive attitudes and knowledge about the benefits for conservation. This is the reason why we struggle to make sure that man has knowledge to adopt land use practices that are environmentally friendly such as organic farming that integrates animals with crop production and sensitized about the benefits and linkages between CIBIC initiatives and biodiversity conservation. Our farming aims to help those whose voices are not had like the Illiterate divorced single mothers and the forgotten Native Batwa people to have some sustainable farming practices, have jobs on the farm, be self-employed, access to nutritious food, access to market and continuous source of income from initiatives they control. Our thinking is that if people had all they needed under their control, then those controlled by others will be given little attention. This is the reason why we must empower them to potentially and capably manage limiting land resource for efficient productivity to certify their needs and live an alternative happier life without thinking to go back into the protected forest for a living.