What follows is a post written by IGCP's Conservation Incentives Officer Benjamin Mugabukomeye. This post was translated from French to English.
Over a hundred sacks of trash- discarded tins of tomato paste, sacks, clothes, and more- were removed from Volcanoes National Park in just two days of a renewed effort by IGCP to clean the park of waste and exotic plant species left by people.
We went out knowing that we were in the known territory of unhabituated groups of mountain gorillas as well as the recently habituated tourism group Oruzogo. We were conducting reconnaissance trails in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park's Sector I and while we couldn't expect to find anything noteworthy on that particular day, anything was possible.