Beth Kaplin, Prof.

United States of America 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.

Some buffer zones effectively extend the 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 uses in buffer zones that could benefit biodiversity and people, but the exclusion policy has a negative impact on well-being.

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