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Community conservation day - 29 Novemeber 2007
18 December 2007

On 29 November 2007, the Gorilla Organization celebrated the 10th anniversary of its successful community conservation programme - a programme that gives local people the capacity to embrace conservation by helping communities to survive independently of the gorillas’ forest. Events took place throughout the Gorilla Organization’s programme area in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo.

At Mt Tshiaberimu, one of the organisation's flagship projects that combines community conservation with traditional gorilla protection, the 10th anniversary celebrations were supported by members from the local community. Speeches were made in recognition of the collaborative efforts of the local community and the Mt Tshiaberimu Conservation Programme and the celebrations were concluded with the giving of roofing sheets for the local health centre.

In Uganda, a wonderful day of celebrations was held at Muramba Primary School, close to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The events were presided over by Dr Phillemon Mateke, the Kisoro District Chairman, and enjoyed by many high-ranking members of the local community. Exciting performances were given by school bands, cultural dancers and local wildlife clubs and many speeches were given in recognition of all the fantastic community conservation work taking place.

In Rwanda the day’s celebrations kicked off at 10am with a dance from the Batwa community. This was followed by speeches from the Rwandan wildlife authority (ORTPN) and the Gorilla Organization and further dance performances from wildlife clubs and other groups.
for further information or photographs contact:

David Hewitt, Communications Manager
The Gorilla Organization, 110 Gloucester Avenue, London, Nw1 8HX
Tel: 020 7916 4974
Mobile: 07801 971123
david@gorillas.org
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