About Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust (BMCT)
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Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust (BMCT)was established in 1994 to conserve Mgahinga Gorilla and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks (MGNP & BINP), two critical forest habitants which provide a home to half of the world's remaining population of mountain gorillas in South Western Uganda. To view the Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust working area, click here.
BMCT was the first Conservation Trust Fund in Africa established by Global Environment Facility (GEF) after the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.
When the two protected areas were gazetted in 1992, there were quite a number of illegal activities threatening the integrity of the two protected areas (PA). Also there was community resentment of the protected areas. Thanks to significant conservation efforts by BMCT and other stake holders, currently the population of the mountain gorillas has gradually increased and today stands above 300 in Uganda, illegal activities have reduced, communities now view the PAs as important resources and appreciate the benefits derived from conservation. A trend that we would like to sustain.
However threats to this amazing ecosystem still exist. There is a fast population growth leading to increase to intense farming around and up to the protected areas edge that leaves no buffer zone at all. This population sometimes suffer negatively from results of conservation activities like wildlife crop damage which infuriates them and sours relations.