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					                               Nomination Form

                 Equator Initiative:
 The Innovative Partnership Awards for Sustainable
                   Development in
                Tropical Ecosystems


                                             2002
The Equator Initiative Awards will recognize five initiatives or activities that exemplify
extraordinary achievement in reducing poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of
biodiversity in the equatorial belt.

The first Equator Initiative Awards will be presented at the World Summit on Sustainable
Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 August to 4 September 2002.
Each of the five recipient initiatives will receive a monetary award of US$30,000, a certificate of
recognition, a trophy and will be represented at the World Summit.

To submit a nomination for the Equator Initiative Awards, please respond to all of the questions
below in the order provided and in five pages or less. Nominations may be submitted in
English, French and Spanish. Nominations may be submitted directly on-line, via e-mail, fax or
mail. Self-nominations will be accepted. Completed nominations should be submitted no later
than 15 May 2002 to:

                                       Equator Initiative
                        Environmentally Sustainable Development Group
                                Bureau for Development Policy
                            United Nations Development Programme
                          One UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017, USA
                           Tel: 1.212.906-6206, Fax: 1.212.906-6973
                              E-mail: EquatorInitiative@undp.org
                                   www.EquatorInitiative.org
1. Name of group/organization/individual being nominated
Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Conservation Trust. (MBIFCT)
2. Nominee is best described as:
    UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and
       Local non-governmental organization


3. Initiative Description and Innovations:
MBIFCT goal is: To conserve the biodiversity and health of the ecosystem of Mgahinga Gorilla
National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Southwestern Uganda.
MBIFCT operates in 51 parishes bordering the two parks in the three districts of Kanungu, Kabale and
Kisoro in Southwestern Uganda. About 203,400 people are affected by the work of MBIFCT. Work of
MBIFCT falls under three categories:
 Community development activities; includes provision of small grants to the local community
   groups and individuals to promote development and enhance their welfare in direct support to the
   conservation of the two national parks. These range from income generating activities such as fish
   farming, beekeeping to infrastructure development like primary school classroom construction ,
   health unit construction and opening up of rural feeder roads, There is a Batwa (pygmy) people sub
   activity whish aims at resettling these former forest peoples now displaced by buying them land close
   to the national parks, introducing them to modern agriculture and health education and sending their
   children to schools. Sixty percent of the net revenue of the Trust is spent on these activities.
 Support to park management activities; aims at capacity building of the staff and institution of the
   two parks so as to improve on the management of the parks. Twenty percent of the net revenue of the
   Trust is spent on these activities.
 Environmental Monitoring programme; to learn and understand the changes taking place in the
   park as a result of present and past management. Twenty percent of the net revenue of the Trust is
   spent on these activities.

Outputs:
1. Local communities’ awareness of values of conservation in general and of the ecological services of
     the two parks enhances
2. Local communities’ dependence on forest resources for basic economic needs reduced
3. Park and community relationships improved
4. Uganda Wildlife Authority staff capacity to manage the two parks increased.
5. Knowledge of ecosystem functioning in and around the two parks increased
6. Long-term financial viability of the Trust assured.
7. Strategic partnerships defined and formalized
8. Role of Batwa/Abayanda (pygmy) in conservation established and integrated into the activities of
     MBIFCT.
The nature of MBIFCT way of operation makes it unique. It is the first of its kind in Africa, was
established under a Trust Deed in 1994. It has a Trust Management Board of 13 members drawn from
stakeholders in Government, research institutions, conservation NGOs both local and international,
natural resources managers, private sector, local communities and the donor community. A 29 member
Local Community Steering Committee, a third of them being women elected by the communities in the
51 parishes vent, select and monitor community development activities. This committee nominates three
representatives (one of them a woman) to the Trust Management Board. A Technical Advisory
Committee made of eminent scientists and researchers advise on technical matters on research and
environmental monitoring. The mix in the body of the Trust assures bottom up decision making as well as
a fair representation of ideas from the stakeholders. A small Trust Administration Unit has been set up for
purposes of administration and management.
4. Poverty Reduction:
Income generating activities like beekeeping, fish farming, agricultural activities such as passion
fruit growing and coffee nursery development, tree seedling production has improved on the
income and food security of the people. Drama development to educate conservation also helps
the various groups in making money out the fees paid to them during their performance. Getting
together to learn and perform has contributed to capacity and confidence building. Support to
community tourism and community walks help to generate income to the communities. More
pupils are going to schools with better learning environment, as the classrooms constructed are
standard size as well as provided with environmental sanitation facilities. Health units have had
an impact on the general health of the people in the area as people now spend less time
transporting patients to far off health units and hence spend more time in productive ventures.
Communities have been encouraged to grow some of the plants that they originally got from the
parks, which save time for collection.

5. Biodiversity Impacts:

There is evidence that the use and harvesting of products from the multiple use zones has had no
negative impact yet on the resources and biodiversity. However the fact that the communities
have been allowed to collect under permit some of their needs has helped to increase on the
appreciation of the value of conservation. Communities have realized that wise use is also for
their benefits.

6. Partnerships:
These are our partners in the areas:
 Uganda Wildlife Authority, who is the legal owner of the parks, a memorandum of
   understanding was developed between UWA and MBIFCT which spells out their different
   roles, functions and responsibilities. UWA allows MBIFCT to carry out its operations of
   research and environmental monitoring of the ecosystem, and MBIFCT supports UWA in
   capacity building and community mobilization.
 Local Communities Steering Committees, elected from the communities assist in
   administration and management of community projects.
 Local Governments, both at district and sub-county level assist in planning and monitoring
   of activities of MBIFCT
 CARE International in Uganda through its Development Through Conservation Project have
   worked in the same area for over fifteen years and has established some of the systems and
   procedures that assist in the work of MBIFCT.
 Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation of Mbarara University of Science and Technology
   has been sub-contracted by MBIFCT to carry out the roles of environmental monitoring.
 International Gorilla Conservation Programme, concerned with the health status of the
   mountain gorilla works closely with MBIFCT in community conservation. All the above are
   represented at the Local Communities Steering Committee.
 7. Sustainability:
The Initiative started in 1995 as a Trust Fund in perpetuity under World Bank and Global
Environmental Facility. The original seed money was invested in an offshore Fund and is
managed by an Asset Manager in London. It is planned that when the Fund Portfolio grows big
enough then the annual interest will be sufficient to run the Trust activities. The organizational
structure and stakeholders of the Trust are a good mix that provide for sustainability. The sites
are in densely populated areas, which could cause anxiety about conservation. One site, Bwindi
Impenetrable National Park is a World Heritage site. Both sites are a home to the endangered
mountain gorilla. These two facts auger well for sustainability as the whole world has a stake in
the two sites.

9. Other Information:
This initiative has for the last seven years been supported by two donors i.e., USAID and The
Royal Netherlands Government with the hope that the Fund Portfolio will grow. This source of
funding comes to an end on 30th June 2002. The Portfolio had grown to close to US $ 7.4 million
but due to the unstable markets over the last year it has fallen to about US $ 5.3 million by
February 2002. These two events threaten the life and performance of the Trust. However efforts
to fund raise have been initiated. The Equator Initiative Award nomination is one way of
fundraising and letting the World know about us and what we are and mean to the rest of the
World.

10. Contact Information:

Contact person for initiative:
Name: Geo Z. Dutki
Organization: Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable forest Conservation Trust
Address: P.O. Box 1064, Kabale, Uganda.
Tel: 256-0486-24120/24123
Fax: 256-0486-24122
Fax: 256-041-534407
E-m: mbifct@utlonline.co.ug
E-m: mbifct2@infocom.co.ug
Web site: To be provided by May 2002.

Contact person for Partner groups:
Ms. Helga Rainer,                                  Executive Director,
Country Programme Director,                        Uganda Wildlife Authority,
International Gorilla Conservation Programme,      Plot 3 Kintu Road,
Plot 39, Acacia Avenue,                            P.O. Box 3530, Kampala, Uganda.
P.O. Box 10950, Kampala, Uganda.                   Tel. 256-041-346287/8/9
Tel /Fax: 256-041-235824,                          Tel. 256-041-346651/346289
Tel/Fax: 256-041-257945,                           E-m: mail@uwa.or.ug
E-m: igcp@imul.com
References:
Dr. Nathalie Johnson,               Dr. Agi Kiss,
World Bank, Washington DC, U.S.A.   World Bank, Washington, DC. U.S.A.
Tel: 202-473-3765                   E-m: akiss@worldbank.org
Fax: 202-477-0515
E-m: Njohnson@worldbank.org
Ms. Maria K. Aycrigg
ERM,
Washington DC. U.S.A.
Tel. 202-785-0329
Fax: 202-296-1175
E-m: maycrigg@aol.com

				
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