Recent Submissions

  • Smallholder Knowledge of Local Climate Conditions Predicts Positive On-Farm Outcomes 

    Salerno, Jonathan; Bailey, Karen; Diem, Jeremy; Konecky, Bronwen; Bridges, Ryan; Namusisi, Shamilah; Bitariho, Robert; Palace, Michael; Hartter, Joel (Weather, Climate, and Society, 2022)
    People’s observations of climate change and its impacts, mediated by cultures and capacities, shape adaptive responses. Adaptation is critical in regions of rain fed smallholder agriculture where changing rainfall patterns ...
  • Financing forest conservation in Uganda 

    Heist, Miriam Van; Sheil, Douglas; Bitariho, Robert; Kasangaki, Aventino (ETFRN NEWS, 2008-09)
    Bwindi was gazetted as a national park in 1991. Inadequate consultation with local people led to protest and resentment about diminished access to resources (Hamilton et al. 2000). To reconcile conservation and community ...
  • Long-term ecological and socio-economic Changes in and around bwindi impenetrable National park, south-western Uganda 

    Kasangaki, A.; Bitariho, R.; Shaw, P.; Robbins, M; McNeilage, A (The ecological impact of long-term changes in Africa’s rift valley, 2012)
    Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is well known among conservationists because of its unique biodiversity that includes approximately half the world’s population of mountain of gorillas. ...
  • Long-term changes in the ecological factors surrounding the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park 

    Pintea, Lilian; Wilson, Michael Lawrence; Pusey, Anne E; Wilson, Michael Lawrence; Gilby, Ian C.; Bitariho, Robert (2012)
    In 2000, MacArthur Foundation identified the Albertine Rift as an area of global importance for biodiversity conservation and it became a focal region for our Conservation and Sustainable Development program. We supported ...
  • Linking Conservation, Equity and Poverty Alleviation: Understanding profiles and motivations of resource users and local perceptions of governance at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda 

    Twinamatsiko, Medard; Baker, Julia; Harrison, Mariel; Shirkhorshidi, Mahboobeh; Bitariho, Robert; Wieland, Michelle; Asuma, Stephen; Gulland, E.J. Milner; Franks, Phil; Roe, Dilys (International Institute for Environment and Development, 2014-08)
    Biodiversity conservation that contributes towards poverty alleviation is a priority under the 2011–2020 Strategic Plan for the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD). Protected areas are important for CBD signatories ...
  • High above ground carbon stock of African tropical montane forests 

    Sanchez, Aida Cuni; Sullivan, Martin J. P.; Platts, Philip J.; Lewis, Simon L.; Marchant, Rob; Imani, Gerard; Hubau, Wannes; Abiem, Iveren; Adhikari, Hari; Albrecht, Tomas; Altman, Jan; Amani, Christian; Aneseyee, Abreham B.; Bitariho, Robert; Avitabile, Valerio; Banin, Lindsay (Nature, 2021-08-25)
    Tropical forests store 40–50 per cent of terrestrial vegetation carbon1. However, spatial variations in aboveground live tree biomass carbon (AGC) stocks remain poorly understood, in particular in tropical montane forests2. ...
  • Harvesting of wild climbers, food security and ecological implications in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, S.W uganda 

    Bitariho, Robert; Akampurira, Emmanuel (Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust, 2019-01)
    Humans have harvested wild climbers from forests for subsistence and commercial use for thousands of years. In the early four decades, wild climbers were considered a “nuisance” by foresters claiming they suppressed timber ...
  • Development and gorillas? 

    Blomley, Tom; Namara, Agrippinah; McNeilage, Alastair; Franks, Phil; Rainer, Helga; Donaldson, Andrew; Malpas, Rob; Olupot, William; Baker, Julia; Sandbrook, Chris; Bitariho, Robert; Infield, Mark (International Institute for Environment and Development, 2010)
    Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are two afromontane forests considered as extremely important biodiversity areas, with global significance, due to their population of highly endangered ...
  • Asynchronous carbon sink saturation in African and Amazonian tropical forests 

    Hubau, Wannes; Lewis, Simon L; Phillips, Oliver L.; Baffoe, Kofi Affum; Beeckman, Hans; Sanchez, Aida Cuní; Daniels, Armandu K.; Ewango, Corneille E. N.; Fauset, Sophie; Bitariho, Robert; Mukinzi, Jacques M.; Sheil, Douglas; Sonké, Bonaventure; Sullivan, Martin J. P.; Sunderland, Terry C. H. (Nature, 2020-03-04)
    Structurally intact tropical forests sequestered about half of the global terrestrial carbon uptake over the 1990s and early 2000s, removing about 15 per cent of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions1–3. Climate-driven ...
  • Pan‐tropical prediction of forest structure from the largest trees 

    Bastin, Jean‐François; Rutishauser, Ervan; Kellner, James R.; Saatchi, Sassan; Pélissier, Raphael; Hérault, Bruno; Slik, Ferry; Bogaert, Jan; Cannière, Charles De; Marshall, Andrew R.; Poulsen, John; Loyayza, Patricia Alvarez; Andrade, Ana; Basia, Albert Angbonga; Bitariho, Robert (Global Ecology and Biogeography, 2018)
    Aim: Large tropical trees form the interface between ground and airborne observations, offering a unique opportunity to capture forest properties remotely and to investigate their variations on broad scales. However, despite ...
  • On the scaling of activity in tropical forest mammals 

    Cid, Bruno; Carbone, Chris; Fernandez, Fernando A. S.; Jansen, Patrick A.; Rowcliffe, J. Marcus; O’Brien, Timothy; Akampurira, Emmanuel; Bitariho, Robert; Espinosa, Santiago; Gajapersad, Krishna; Santos, Thiago M. R.; Gonçalves, André L. S.; Kinnaird, Margaret F.; Lima, Marcela G. M.; Martin, Emanuel; Mugerwa, Badru; Rovero, Francesco; Salvador, Julia; Santos, Fernanda; Spironello, Wilson R.; Wijntuin, Soraya; Santos, Luiz Gustavo R. Oliveira (Oikos, 2020)
    Activity range - the amount of time spent active per day - is a fundamental aspect contributing to the optimization process by which animals achieve energetic balance. Based on their size and the nature of their diet, ...
  • Harvesting of non-timber forest products and implications for conservation in two montane forests of East Africa 

    Ndangalasi, Henry J.; Bitariho, Robert; Doviec, Delali B.K. (Biological Conservation, 2007)
    Plant species-level research that comprises inventories, impact studies and monitoring is necessary if plant resources are to be harvested sustainably by human populations living adjacent to protected areas in sub-Saharan ...
  • Global camera trap synthesis highlights the importance of protected areas in maintaining mammal diversity 

    Chen, Cheng; Brodie, Jedediah F.; Kays, Roland; Davies, T. Jonathan; Liu, Runzhe; Fisher, Jason T.; Ahumada, Jorge; McShea, William; Sheil, Douglas; Agwanda, Bernard; Andrianarisoa, Mahandry H.; Bitariho, Robert; Kalies, Elizabeth L.; Appleton, Robyn D. (Conservation Letters, 2022)
    The establishment of protected areas (PAs) is a central strategy for global biodiversity conservation. While the role of PAs in protecting habitat has been highlighted, their effectiveness at protecting mammal communities ...
  • The Availability and Distribution of Fruit and Non-Fruit Plant Resources in Bwindi: their Influence on Gorilla Habitat Use and Food Choice 

    Nkurunungo, John Bosco; Sangster, Lucy (2005)
    Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla) are the largest extant apes, whose 2 species and 4 subspecies are all highly endangered. Relatively little is know about the mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) of Bwindi Impenetrable ...
  • An Assessment of the Status of Exotic Plant Species and Natural Vegetation Types of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, South-Western Uganda. 

    Julius, Bunny Lejju; Sangster, Lucy (1999)
    Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (MGNP) is an afromontane forest region in south-west Uganda on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes, characterised by a great diversity of habitat types associated with its altitudinal range. ...
  • Strategic Plan 2017 - 2022 

    Unknown author (Instutute of Tropical Forest Conservation, 2022)
    The Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation (ITFC) is a leading Ugandan research institution working primarily for biodiversity conservation and the sustainable management of natural resources in and around the protected ...
  • The number of tree species on Earth 

    Bitariho, Robert; Gattia, Roberto Cazzolla; Reichd, Peter B.; Gamarra, Javier G. P.; Crowtherh, Tom; Huii, Cang; Morerak, Albert; Bastinm, Jean-Francois; Diazq, Josep M. Serra (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2022-01-31)
    One of the most fundamental questions in ecology is how many species inhabit the Earth. However, due to massive logistical and financial challenges and taxonomic difficulties connected to the species concept definition, ...
  • Taking the pulse of Earth’s tropical forests using networks of highly distributed plots 

    Bitariho, Robert; Blundo, Cecilia; Carilla, Julieta; Grau, Ricardo; Malizia, Agustina; Malizia, Lucio; Acosta, Oriana Osinaga; Bird, Michael; Bradford, Matt (Biological Conservation, 2020)
    Tropical forests are the most diverse and productive ecosystems on Earth. While better understanding of these forests is critical for our collective future, until quite recently efforts to measure and monitor them have ...
  • Sustaining and Strengthening Conservation Capacity by Anticipating and Preparing for Change in the Greater Virunga Landscape 

    D, John; MacArthur, Catherine T (2012-07-04)
    Executive summary The project “Sustaining and Strengthening Conservation Capacity by Anticipating and Preparing for Change in the Greater Virunga Landscape” has been successful in advancing the knowledge, capacity and ...
  • Human-wildlife conflict management: Experiences and lessons learned from the greater virunga landscape 

    Babaasa, Dennis; Akampulira, Emmanuel; Bitariho, Robert (2013)
    This study was conducted by the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation (ITFC) of Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda, with the support of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Secretariat, based in Kigali, ...

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