Beth Kaplin, Prof.

American, based in Rwanda
University of Rwanda
BII expert in: Primates

I direct a Center that makes biodiversity data available for policy and management. Our projects include creating the Rwanda Biodiversity Information System, developing biodiversity indicators for freshwater ecosystems, and understanding buffer zone management approaches.

Yes, in buffer zones and land use type. Some buffer zones effectively extend area of the national park and are used by primates, Buffer zones around national parks are usually managed to exclude people, and since population density is so high and land limited, there is potential for multiple use in buffer zones that could benefit biodiversity and people, but he exclusion policy has negative impact on well-being.

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