The Jane Good All Institute (JGI) in conjunction with Uganda Biodiversity Fund has launched the Human-Wildlife Conflict Resilience Fund to help the people neighbouring Kasongoire forest reserve in Budongo Sub-county, Masindi District to co-exist with chimpanzees.
The organisation has given out Sh10m to the residents under thier umbrella Kasongoire Community Development Association (KACODA)-an organisation that was formed by JGI to help sensitise the public about human-wildlife conflict.
Addressing the gathering at Kasongoire primary school, the chairperson of Uganda Biodiversity Fund, Asher Mugisa said the project is intended to enhance resilience to community losses from wildlife incursion through development and implementation of community led compensation scheme.
The KACODA chairperson, Henry Balemesa, noted that before the intervention of JGI, there was no harmony between the human beings and the chimpanzees because they didn’t know how to go about them.
He said out of the seven chimpanzee attacks residents experienced, two people died and seven survived with injuries. He added that they have now resorted on growing crops which are not palatable to the chimpanzees like red pepper, sun flower, soya bean and onions among others such that they can earn a living.
Justus Tusabire, who represented the Executive director Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) noted that human wildlife conflict is on the rise because the habitants for chimpanzees have been destroyed.