19 Sep '11, 7am

In East Africa, IUCN has been helping to resolve conflicts over the use of natural resources:

Resolving conflict, securing food 01 September 2011 | News story On the border of Kenya and Uganda, where IUCN has been helping to resolve conflicts between local people and the authorities over the use of natural resources, improved food security has been a notable result. Over-grazing by cattle and conflicts between local communities and the Uganda Wildlife Authority over sharing resources have hampered conservation efforts in Mount Elgon National Park in Uganda, which is an important water catchment for Lake Victoria. For hundreds of years, the Benet people have been forest dwellers, deriving their livelihoods from the forested landscape of Mount Elgon but in 1983 the Government declared Mount Elgon a National Park, evicted the Benet communities and resettled them outside the forest. During the past 30 years, the situation between the Benet communities and the Governmen...

Full article: http://www.iucn.org/knowledge/news/focus/2012_world_conse...

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