Valuable partnership with the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation keeps growing

16 Nov

The Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation ( ITFC ) based in the tiny village of Ruhija

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest . Home to the elusive Shelley’s Crimsonwing finch

The Rare Finch Conservation Group (RFCG ) of South Africa recently completed its Phase two field study at the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park ( BINP ) in the South Western part of Uganda . The RFCG’s on the ground partnership with the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation ( ITFC ) is invaluable www.itfc.org . Based in the tiny village of Ruhija on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest the ITFC assists the RFCG with matters such as accomadation for field staff , transport, administrative and computer facilities plus general training and educational needs .

One of the key learnings that was identified by the RFCG at the end of Phase two was that a local educational programme was needed to help raise public awareness to the rarity of the elusive Shelley’s Crimsonwing finch. The RFCG is grateful that the ITFC  put up posters at all the local schools, park offices and tourist lodges in the area .Early indications suggest that the campaign is starting to work and reports from Spanish birders visiting the area look very promising

Clemencia Kankwasa, Miriam van Heist , Douglas Sheil all from the ITFC and Benson Bamutura the RFCG field manager in a planning session for the local public awareness campaign

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