New director for IGCP
Augustine Kanyunyi Basabose is one of the top experts on the Great East African Apes abd today the Interin director of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) a partnership of the African wildlife Foundation, World Wide Fund for Nature as well as Fauna And Flora International.
Basabose, nicknamed as ‘Daktari’ within IGCP to mean “Doctor” in the local Kiswahili language , is today as well lovingly called the new ‘silverback’. He took on this position following Eugène Rutagarama, who actually served as the director of IGCP’s for the last 9 years, but however moved to yet another responsible within the very organization. since 2006, Basabose has actually been working with IGCP and lately as the Species Conservation Coordinator.
The well notable career of Basabose started with a amazing research subject – “the lowly mosquito”. Nonetheless, an opportunity to meet with Professor Juichi Yamagiwa coming from Kyoto University, in Japan, actually transformed his career course to the study of the intriguing Great Apes of Africa. He holds a PhD in zoology awarded from Kyoto University during which he successfully completed an interesting dissertation on the chimpanzee ecology within Kahuzi-Biega National Park found in DRC.
When asked about what he has learned about wildlife conservation through his previous 6 years while working with the IGCP? He said that he learned that today it is impracticable to conserve the wildlife devoid of the participation of the local communities. He added that it is wise to promote as well as strengthen the brand-new conservation policy which seeks to engage the local people in wildlife management. conservation based on Community should not be looked at as a alternative for protected regional approaches, however should be planned as part of the conservation approaches to amalgamate into countrywide conservation strategies.
Among the rising challenges being faced in the conservation of the mountain gorillas, he stated that the Mountain gorillas are encircled by some of the largest human populations in Africa with number of people living around them populations around them ranging between 400 and 1000 – people per square kilometer.
In addition the pressure for land for agriculture is high and probable to escalate with these climate changes. It is anticipated that the climate change might negative impact the agriculture productivity causing people to put forth more pressure on the habitat of these mountain gorilla in search for more productive land for agriculture and for that reason threatening the continued existence of the mountain gorillas. With regards to the climate change, the continued existence of the mountain gorillas is frankly related to how humans will become accustomed to this changing climate and eventually our survival mechanisms.
Transmission of Disease from human being to gorillas is yet another upcoming challenge faced in the conservation of the mountain gorillas. It represents a important danger to the survival of these gorillas because of their very close genetic relation to us humans and vulnerability to human diseases.