Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust (BMCT)
Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust (BMCT) was established in 1994 under the Uganda Trustees Laws. Its mission is to foster conservation of biodiversity of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (MGNP) and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) through investments in community development projects, grants for research and ecological monitoring, funding park management, protection and programmes that create greater conservation awareness. It is mandated to work within a radius of two parishes surrounding Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (MGNP) and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP). This area is also known as Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Area (BMCA). The area of operation is located in southwestern Uganda, bordering DRC and Rwanda with operational headquarters in Kabaleat Bwindi Trust House and a sub office in Kampala.
1. Batwa Livelihoods Project (BLP): This project, funded by CARE International in Uganda, aims to provide landless and near landless Batwa men and women in southwest Uganda with sustainable livelihoods through diversified economic options and increased access to productive assets.
2. Sustainable Water Management for People and Nature around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda: This four-year project, started in March 2009, aims to the conservation of BINP watershed through effective community participation in sustainable water use and management.
3. Trans-boundary Conservation Programme Agro-forestry: This project aims to contribute to the conservation of the biodiversity of BINP & MGNP in Uganda and enhance the Greater Virunga Landscape by contributing towards improved livelihood security through promotion of tree planting as both an enterprise and provision of alternative energy sources for communities around Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Area.