How your donations help?
The IGCP appreciates all the donations it receives. Below are a few ways we are using your donations:
- US$15 buys locally-made protective gear for a beekeeper- the subsidization of protective gear has shown to increase the number of people who adopt beekeeping as an economic activity, especially among women.
- US$40 buys a beekeeper near a mountain gorilla park a modern beehive- modern beehives increase production of honey at least three fold, increasing earning potential.
- US$200 buys a Global Positioning System (GPS) for a ranger – Rangers use GPS to monitor the park and enter geo-referenced data, using a satellite to provide a correct position in the forest. GPS enables rangers to record the exact whereabouts of the gorillas, and helps anti-poaching patrols to pinpoint the location of potential poachers and other threats.
- US$150 buys full equipment for a ranger on patrol – This includes a raincoat, uniform, belt and hat, boots, rucksack, sleeping bag, and cooking equipment.
- US$2,000 pays for a household rainwater harvesting tank- These tanks, built by the community members themselves, provides water to several families, reducing the need for people to collect water from sources within mountain gorilla habitat.
- US$7,000 pays for a Regional Meeting – Regional meetings bring together the park staff from all four parks, making possible the transboundary collaboration that is essential for the conservation of this shared forest habitat.
- US$15,000 is the cost of building a ranger patrol post - These buildings not only house rangers patrolling the park boundaries,but also serve as community centres, allowing local villagers to meet park staff and discuss issues relevant to conservation.
We are 10% towards our target of $2,000 to provide rainwater harvesting for two families.
Ways you can help
- Visit the mountain gorillas and bring revenue to the parks that protect them
- Visit other attractions in and around the gorilla parks, to ensure that tourism revenue contributes to the local economy
- Buy local handicrafts to support small-scale enterprise
- Encourage companies operating in the range states to behave in an environmentally responsible way
- Become a member or supporter of one of the IGCP partners
- Encourage relatives, friends and colleagues to do any of the above