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The Volcanoes of Rwanda

Mt. Bisoke, Virunga Mountains

As we climbed out of Kigali on to one of the ridges leading north-west to the Volcanoes National Park area I was surprised to see the lush, green landscape spreading out across the ridges and valleys way into the distance. This landscape contrasted dramatically with northern Botswana where I have just spent three weeks—where it is dry, dusty and sandy with sparse vegetation except along the rivers.

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Biodiversity in Tanzania's Kolo Hills

Butterfly sighting during the Kolo Hills biodiversity scoping expedition

AWF ecologists, experts from the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), and local community members embarked on an eight-day ecological survey of the Kolo Hills area in northern Tanzania. The team surveyed the presence and distribution of birds, small mammals, insects, and trees as part of a baseline biodiversity assessment to be completed before Kolo Hills can be validated as a REDD+ project site. Several AWF ecologists from different sites in Africa have joined the survey, including Nakedi Maputla, AWF’s Congo landscape ecologist.

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The People of Limalimo

Tweadaj Tigabu, a laborer at Limalimo Lodge

Last weekend I found myself standing in front of more than 50 members of the Limalimo community. We were all marking the official start of construction at Limalimo Lodge, and everyone was very excited.

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Diversifying Incomes to Reduce Dependence on DRC Forests

Congo Shipping Project DRC

Economic and social benefits for people local to conservation areas are as important to AWF’s work as protecting habitats. In fact, it can be said that they are inextricable. For, when landscape residents lack sustainable livelihood opportunities, they fall back on the forest for nearly all their primary needs. This is even truer in areas that are remote and isolated logistically.  

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Adventures in Research

Dr. Rosemary Black conducting tourism surveys​​

Life and research in the villages

As I mentioned in my last blog, the last two villages that I am surveying are Satau and Parakarungu in Botswana. As these villages are so far from Kasane where I am staying, Georginah’s (my translator) mother has kindly offered to let us stay at her house for a few days to save me doing the long drive back and forth.

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