THE BIO-DIVERSE FESTIVAL 2020 LIVE KEYNOTE TALKS
Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka
Founder and CEO at Conservation Through Public Health
Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Gorilla Conservation
3-4 pm BST, Monday 12th October 2020
Live stream link: https://youtu.be/zEcoVmYlYOY
About: Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is a National Geographic Explorer and Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health (ctph.org). After graduating from Royal Veterinary College, University of London, in 1996, she established Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)'s first veterinary department. In 2015, she founded Gorilla Conservation Coffee to support farmers living around habitats where gorillas are found. the most recent awards for CTPH and Dr Gladys are the 2020 Saint Andrews Prize for the Environment and the 2020 Aldo Leopold Award for Mammologists.
CTPH is a grassroots NGO and non-profit founded in 2003 that promotes biodiversity conservation by enabling people to co-exist with wildlife through improving animal health, community health and livelihoods in and around Africa's protected areas and wildlife rich habitats. CTPH built upon existing programs implemented through a One Health approach to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. By working with Uganda Wildlife Authority and other NGOs, great ape viewing guidelines were improved to prevent transmission of COVID-19 between people and gorillas. In the absence of tourism, a new distributor in the UK enabled Gorilla Conservation Coffee to buy coffee from farmers around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, reducing their need to poach. Increased poaching led to the killing of a gorilla by a community member hunting duiker and bush pigs. As a result, CTPH resumed supporting reformed poachers and started to provide fast growing seedlings to vulnerable community members. CTPH is advocating for responsible great ape tourism to Governments, donors and tour companies through the Africa CSO Biodiversity Alliance, and for improved animal welfare and reduced destruction of nature through IUCN, UNEP and other platforms.