Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is planting trees to try to combat the effects of climate change. This affects plants and trees along with the wildlife that lives in the Park, which is the home of the Mountain Gorilla. Here is a look at what has been done and the benefits it will have for the animals who live there.
Trees expected to help gorillas
According to the Forestry Commission, planting trees is one of the most effective ways to help combat climate change, and that is exactly what has been done in Volcanoes National Park. The Park is in the north west of Rwanda and borders Congo and Uganda. It is famous for being the natural habitat of the Mountain Gorilla and was home to the zoologist Dian Fossey, who extensively studied the gorillas in the Park.
The International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) has worked with the people who live in the Park to plant more than 190,000 trees. When the heavy rain comes in the rainy season, it can cause flooding and landslides, endangering the people and wildlife who live there. Bamboo and Penisetum have been planted to try to reduce the water flow by sucking some of it away, while trees such as Alnus and Avocado will help make the soil more stable while providing food, firewood and some source of income.
Improving life for the animals who live there
The African Wildlife Foundation says that one of the major threats to the remaining gorilla population is humans, especially usually poachers. It is hoped that the tree planting will stem the danger posed to the animals by natural disasters, while humans can actually help to save the gorillas by donating to the charities that live and work in Rwanda. If you are planning to visit, the best way to see the Mountain Gorillas and the other wild animals who live here is to go on a gorilla trekking experience. Look into gorilla trekking with Steppes Travel and other providers to find a good fit.
A lot of damage has been caused by climate change in this part of Africa. However, by planting these trees, the local community is taking back control and trying to stop the threat posed to them and the wildlife who live there.