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Lessons learnt from 20 years of revenue sharing at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Phil Franks, Medard Twinamatsiko

Book/Report, 62 pages

For the past 20 years a revenue-sharing scheme has been in place for communities surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. This learning evaluation looks at how revenue sharing might become more effective and more equitable.

Using three dimensions of equity — recognition, procedure and distribution — the research explores funding flows, beneficiary targeting, monitoring and reporting, governance structures, project type and selection processes, understanding of equity, trade-offs between equity and effectiveness, and the pathways to conservation impact. Although this study focuses on one specific protected area in Uganda, many of the findings are relevant to revenue-sharing schemes in other protected areas within Uganda and beyond.

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Franks, P and Twinamatsiko, M (2017) Lessons learnt from 20 years of revenue sharing at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. IIED Research Report, London.

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Despite interventions aimed at improving the livelihoods of communities in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda, the illegal use of the park's resources continued. This IIED project aimed to better understand who is carrying out the unauthorised use of resources and why, so that interventions can be more effective in the future.

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