WWF protects the Rwenzori biodiversity

France is contributing to the tune of 700,000 euros as a country, via FFEM, as well as a 1.3 million euro support channeled through the European Union. WWF France and WF Uganda are in charge of the project implementation.

On December 4th in Paris, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) presented their ongoing project around the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda, which aims to limit the impact of climate change on this vulnerable region.

The project seeks to both preserve the biodiversity and improve the revenues of the local communities. One of its major ambitions is to mobilize private sector players by encouraging them to invest in the preservation of the Rwenzori ecosystem, through payment for environmental services (PES) or through the carbon credits.

PES is a mechanism involving the remuneration of farmers for improved land use and reducing erosion. Encouraging more tourists to visit and redistributing the benefits to communities is also a priority of this project.

France is contributing to the tune of 700,000 euros as a country, via FFEM, as well as a 1.3 million euro support channeled through the European Union. WWF France and WF Uganda are in charge of the project implementation.

The Rwenzori national park, the legendary mountains of the moon, borders the Virunga on the Uganda side. Listed in 1994 as UNESCO’s World heritage site, it has a unique biodiversity and provides environmental services to nearly 1 million people in the region.

Eugene Delacroix’s painting inspires the WWF campaign visual
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This poster mimics the 1830 “Liberty Leading the People” painting by Eugène Delacroix. It invokes the need to commit to the fight against global warming, to change our consumption habits as well as our society model. It symbolizes unity, courage, action and hope for a better tomorrow.

In the words of Pierre Gaudoin andCéline Lentz, co-authors of the campaign, “It is a revolution which has to be peaceful, led by a Panda, symbolizing WWF guiding people towards this inevitable ecological revolution.”

Dernière modification : 04/02/2016

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