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Conservation Education and the Attitudes of Local Communities Living Adjacent to Mt. Elgon National Park, Uganda
Joseph Oonyu, Makerere University, Uganda
A study of attitudes involving 1,243 people living around Mt. Elgon National Park
showed that more than three-quarters of the respondents had favorable attitudes
towards the conservation of the park’s forest and wildlife resources. They also
held favorable attitudes towards ongoing conservation education programs,
particularly those of the Mt. Elgon Conservation and Development Project.
People’s attitudes varied from one community to another and were influenced
by the perceived benefits of conservation to local people, exposure to
conservation education programs, conflicts over the use of the park’s resources,
and socioeconomic factors. People’s current positive attitudes could change due
to increasing pressure for resources from the rapidly expanding human and
livestock populations, and also if conservation education is not intensified.