Rethinking conservation and development at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

As part of IIED's Communications Learning Week, on 20 February 2017 the biodiversity team from IIED's Natural Resources research group organised a seminar with the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group.


  1. The biodiversity seminar titled 'Rethinking conservation and development at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda' examined the diverse issues with local populations of people and wildlife in and around the park.
  2. The seminar hosted guest speaker Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, the founder and director of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), an award-winning Ugandan NGO.
  3. Dr Kalema-Zikusoka discussed the issues surrounding interactions between the local human and gorilla populations, and how CTPH aims to tackle both wildlife conservation and human health.
  4. The presentation from Dr Kalema-Zikusoka finished with a summary of some of the ambitious projects CTPH has on the horizon with IIED and other international partners (including Gorilla Conservation Coffee!)
  5. Dr Julia Baker, research adviser at Balfour Beatty, next spoke about her research findings on how local feelings of unfairness about conservation activities links to unauthorised resource use - i.e. poaching - at Bwindi.
  6. Phil Franks, senior researcher at IIED, shared some of his latest research on revenue sharing from gorilla trekking permit fees.