This is the opportunity to get closely involved with the conservation of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, on the edge of the western Great Rift Valley. The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and provides a habitat for hundreds of mammals, butterflies, birds, trees and over half of the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas. Although the population of these beautiful creatures is steadily increasing, they are still threatened by disease, poaching, and most significantly forest clearance and degradation, as the region’s growing human population struggles to make a living.
By joining Big Beyond’s Environmental Management Volunteer Programme you’ll be helping to engage local people through a range of conservation awareness projects that are vital for the future of Bwindi and also getting involved in some more practical conservation volunteer work. The people who live in the areas bordering the park are among the most impoverished people in Uganda, dependent on agriculture and need to understand some good reasons to support conservation.
Big Beyond Uganda conservation volunteer tasks within this programme range from ecosystem research, mapping and monitoring of the area, including a new community forest reserve on the edges of Bwindi. There are also tree-planting schemes that are linked to some of the schools, a community nursery and projects aiming to improve some of the water sources that eventually feed into the home of the Mountain Gorillas. There’s a waste management project being led by locals that aims to innovate around recycling, including creative crafts from discarded metals etc. Every project is connected to the conservation of Bwindi, the gorillas and the remaining wildlife nearby. Some of the tasks will mean getting your hands dirty in the field, others creative, educational and interactive.
All programmes are bespoke to reflect your experience, abilities, passions and to match high impact projects tackling conservation and development. This is just a guideline...