Kibale National Park, in western Uganda, hosts the world's largest primate biomass per area. The rainforest contains abundant resources (wood, game, water...) that are not accessible to neighbouring human communities due to its protected status.
My work as a researcher and lecturer brought me to Kibale National Park (Uganda) in two occasions. The rich biodiversity and large population size in this rainforest have awarded Kibale with the title of 'primate capital of the world'. But the rainforest is more than the home of tropical vegetation, butterflies, and wild mammals; settling around the boundaries of the park, human communities flourish relying on subsistence and commercial farming surrounded by large tea plantations owned and managed by international companies. From a human perspective, the park offers numerous ecosystem services (like climate regulation, water purification, extractable resources, or medicinal remedies), but also poses numerous risks (such as crop raiding by animals that enter villages, or disease ##).
Under the premise that the park provides both, benefits (climate regulation, water purification...) and challenges (crop raiding, infectious diseases...) to surrounding human communities, we asked local school children to represent in drawings what they thought was good (ebirungi) and bad (ebibi) about nature.
I used this drawings to build a timeline of the Kibale National Park and visualize how nature and human communities co-developed from the 1920s to present.