November 8, 2012
I can't speak as an insider, but I live in Rwanda and since WWF has managed some of the parks here, the parks have increased revenue for badly needed tourism (it's hard to get people to travel hours to a forest if there is no infrastructure and without tourism, the dire poverty in the area causes people to poach from the forest and take out resources). For example, when I recently went to visit a habituated (understand that does not mean "tamed" or "in captivity") monkey troupe, the tracker was a local woman. There are managed honey gathering and candle making projects that use resources sustainably rather than using the burning-out method which did significant damage to the forest in the past.. I don't know who owns the lodge at the edge of the forest (Gisakura GH) but WWF staff were staying there in very modest quarters. I'll keep paying attention to issues people say about the compensation and the overkill on publicity, but I think they are doing important work in the field.
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