ASC-TUFS Working Papers
Online ISSN : 2436-1607
Print ISSN : 2436-1542
ISSN-L : 2436-1542
Local Communities’ Perceptions of Their Participation in Mountain Gorilla Conservation Around Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda: Case of Kinigi Sector
Gloriose Umuziranenge Jean Bosco NshimiyimanaMutuyimana Pelagie
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2024 年 4 巻 p. 151-170


This study assessed local communities’ perceptions of their participation in mountain gorilla conservation around the Volcanoes National Park (VNP), Rwanda. Focus groups and one-on-one semi-structured interviews were used to collect data. Participants were purposively selected based on their experience with conservation activities. Data were analysed using qualitative methods. The findings indicate that the people living around the VNP understand their relationship with the park through the benefits that they receive from their involvement in mountain gorilla conservation, education, and tourism activities. They contribute to conservation activities inside and outside of the park, including stone fencing repair, anti-poaching, educating others on mountain gorilla conservation, and morning and evening patrols around the park. They obtain subsequent opportunities such as jobs, markets for their products, networking, and infrastructure development. Challenges that hinder their participation in mountain gorilla conservation include crop-raiding, poverty, culture, and ignorance. Possible solutions include forming cooperatives, improving people’s livelihoods, and increasing awareness. This study recommends the formation of appropriate relationships and increased dialogue between park administrations and communities for better VNP conservation.

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