CIBIC is enhancing advocacy for Climate Change adaptation and mitigation through:
1. Empowering the Batwa pygmies and reformed poachers to create awareness and education to communities around the national parks.
2. Picking of plastic bottles and polyethylene bags from the agricultural soils, rivers, forests, and municipals.
3. Resilient farming practices like;
i. Use of irrigation water in vegetable growing
ii. Use of drought-resistant varieties of seeds
iii. strong soil and water conservation practices
iv. Practicing proper agronomic practices
V.Innovative farming practices like growing of indoor crops for instance mushrooms.
Vi. Market gardening as well as back yard gardening
4. Recycling of plastics by:
i. Building rainwater harvesting tanks
ii. The building of homes for the needy
iii. Making art and craft for selling to tourists as souvenirs instead of cutting wood.
CIBIC trains selected community members in Music Dance and Drama, and the group do conservation education and awareness delivering relevant messages as regards climate change, poaching, effects of plastics on the environment and animal as well as human health. The project talks about the importance of swamps, natural forests, and benefits associated with conserving wildlife for tourism development. The project also creates awareness of alternative sources of livelihood that do not encroach on the national parks or gazetted areas seeking bush meat, honey, mushrooms, and vegetables among other resources that can be gathered from the forest.
CIBIC uses a bottom-up approach to managing plastic disposal and nuisance in the public and environment. At the community level, villagers are supported to understand the problems associated with plastic bags and be advised to use reusable bags made of cloth or other decomposable materials. If the plastics are not utilized by end-users then factories will not manufacture them. CIBIC also informs the local leadership why the use of plastics must be minimized and if used how their disposal may be controlled with suitably located garbage bins. We discourage dumping plastics in public places by use of fines or misdemeanor charges. The plastics can be recycled for the construction of water storage tanks and many other functions.
CIBIC work with communities and local leadership in the protection of swamps, create anti-poaching scouts to monitor communities, and make sure that no one entering the national park illegally or doing any land use practice that can cause environmental degradation or wildlife habitat loss. We create wildlife clubs in schools for creating awareness among school children. In schools we do wildlife talks in debates formed by wildlife clubs in school, we do exchange visits in community schools debating about wildlife and playing wildlife games to increase awareness about wildlife conservation.
More than 20,000,000 tons of plastics are produced worldwide annually. These plastics arrive in our households as packaging for food supplied to our homes. The poor management practices of plastics and polythene bags cause human diseases like asthma when dumped in conservation areas and when eaten by wildlife can cause death. Those that litter our environment cause soil erosion, block waterways, and cause floods. In agriculture, discarded plastic bags reduce soil fertility and thus contribute to poverty and hunger. In Uganda around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP), hunger and poverty have led to increased poaching and loss of wildlife, a threat that has put the entire biodiversity at risk of extinction especially the endangered mountain gorillas with only 460 remaining in the world.
Current working area
CIBIC protects Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) and Queen Elizabeth National park (QENP)in Kanungu District, with a population of 250,100 people, and of these about 15,000 live in towns. It has one refugee camp with about 30,000 refugees, and over 90 schools both public and private. The major source of income is farming and tourism. The project protects the minority groups including Indigenous Batwa pygmies and BINP that accommodate the oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests dating back over 25,000 years and containing almost 400 species of plants. More famously, BINP protects an estimated 460 mountain gorillas, 120 mammal species, such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes, and 350 species of birds including 23 Albertine Rift endemics. QENP is home to 2500 elephants, 5000 hippos and gifted with diverse biodiversities like savanna, forest, rivers, and sparkling lakes
CIBIC sensitizes the side-effects of poor plastics management including health-related effects of burning plastics while lighting charcoal stoves, environmental impacts from improperly discarded plastics on wildlife, flooding, and soils.
Also in villages, we discourage indigenous Batwa Pygmies and poachers to do illegal activities by showing how they can benefit from ecotourism and nature conservation to replace poaching. We reach schools and form wildlife clubs for children to be trained and informed about climate change and environmental conservation. we also partner with the media particularly local radio called Kanungu Broadcasting Services for mass sensitization on conservation and climate change.
This photo was taken at Kanungu Broadcasting service doing mass sensitization about environmental conservation and climate change. The team consisted of the field officer, Executive Director, and A reformed poacher who is also a member of Music Dance and Drama doing conservation and climate change education and awareness.