Rural communities on the reserve periphery are highly dependent on natural resources from the area to meet their basic needs. The use of natural resources can include grazing, hunting for bushmeat consumption, collection of firewood, fishing, grass and tree cutting for construction and energy,  honey and fruits collection etc.

Building capacity of national and local leaders and communities in the sustainable management of their natural resources is the foundation to establish a constituency for conservation.   Creating a culture of conservation among the youth is also very important for the sustainability of all conservation efforts. Through environmental education programs, we are sensitizing the youth in the schools on wildlife conservation and the need to preserve ecosystems.