Life alongside a protected area

Current research aims to give us an insight into the ways local people are interacting with the Outamba Kilimi National Park. A main component of this will be looking into local resource use from the forest, and how cultural norms, beliefs, and taboos influence this. This information will then be used to assess how local resource use may overlap with and affect primate populations in the forest.

In addition, the team will research the likely impacts incurred to locals through the creation of the national park, whether that be through restricted resource use or resettlement. The expected outcome of this study is to highlight areas for alternative sustainable resource to the locals in order to relieve pressures of food insecurity, as well as relieving pressures on the natural resources and wildlife within forest.