Linking Journalism with the Web of Life
We have a group of journalists, and biology students here at National University of Rwanda, trained by Flamingham University through FULBRIGHT program, on making documentary film. We are coming together for a common goal - to raise awareness in rural communities of the importance of conservation.
At the moment we have developed a documentary film project which will undertake to reveal the attitudes of local communities, which live adjacent to the Akagera National Park, towards conservation and factors that influence their attitudes and behaviors towards wildlife conservation.
The conflict between park managers and the local people is due to the exploitation of wildlife by the local communities in the Akagera National Park (ANP). This illegal exploitation poses threats to the conservation of its animals and surrounding vegetation. The loss of crops to wildlife is one of the major costs of conservation of lands that are adjacent to the park and it leads to negative attitudes of people regarding wildlife. Farmers lose crops to animals such as birds, buffalos, hippopotamus, antelopes, elephants and others.
Our Documentary will be undertaken to answer the following questions:
1. What are the attitudes of the Rwandan community towards wildlife conservation in the Akagera National Park?
2. Does the Rwandan community that live adjacent to the park benefit from wildlife conservation activities in the Akagera National Park?
3. What factors influence the attitudes and behaviors of the Rwandan community towards wildlife conservation in the Akagera National Park?
A main objective of our Documentary is to evaluate the benefits and costs, which result from wildlife tourism and conservation activities for the local communities, as it is an important element for wildlife conservation. If local communities play a key role in wildlife conservation, their attitudes and aspirations need to be studied and understood. The aim of this documentary is to find whether improved or positive relationships between the park and people can be translated into long-term maintenance of wildlife in Akagera National Park.
Sub-objectives of the study are:
We want some one who can advise the way we can go through to find a small fund to pay for some direct and indirect cost (including displacement, communication, materials, and to pay permission to access the park), to inform us, since some activities like casting we will do it ourselves.
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